Last chance to hand in Civic Award nominations

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With nominations for Waimate’s 2014 Civic Awards closing at 4pm on Friday, the council is asking for last minute nominations to be handed in.

Karalyn Reid, the secretary to the mayor and CEO, said they had received seven nominations for the Civic Awards so far, and more last-minute nominations were expected as well.

There were 16 nominations last year, and the number received so far was about on par with last year, Mrs Reid said.

Waimate District Mayor Craig Rowley encouraged people to nominate Waimate’s unsung heroes.

“This is an opportunity for our unsung heroes to be recognised and thanked, so I urge anybody who has someone in mind to talk to myself, one of our councillors, or our council secretary on eligibility and to get an application form,” he said.

“Nominations are being taken district wide with the forms also available from Council’s website.”

Mr Rowley said they looked for people who had given substantial voluntary service to the community.

“There is also the opportunity for voluntary organisations, associations, societies or clubs to be recognised for a Civic Award,” he said.

Mrs Reid said a selection committee would meet after nominations closed and then make their decisions on the Civic Award recipients.

The Mayor would then visit those people, she said.

Planning is under way for the final awards ceremony, which will be held on Friday, March 14 at the Waimate District Council chambers.

By DAVID DE LOREAN