WITH just under three months to go, planning for Bellingen Shire's 2015 Australia Day celebration and community awards ceremony is off and running.
Activities on January 26 commence with a family beach fun run and community breakfast.
The awards and citizenship ceremony gets underway at 9.30am with entertainment to follow on into the early afternoon.
Earlier this year, Mayor Mark Troy announced a break with tradition.
The 2015 awards will be held at Mylestom due to its excellent location with the beautiful Bellinger River as a back drop and the beach in close proximity.
"Families and friends can spend their Australia Day holiday joining in the festivities with a full program being developed with something for everyone," Mayor Troy said.
"Australia Day provides an opportunity for all of us to celebrate our wonderful country.
"We recognise and thank those special community members who give so much to our local communities while recognising sporting and other outstanding community and creative achievements.
"I encourage everyone to give some thought to a community member, team or community organisation that they believe should receive recognition for their voluntary work and achievements."
Last year's Citizen of the Year was Gary Barnett, recognised for his tireless work restoring the Urunga Museum following the devastating flood in 2009.
For the 2015 awards there are nine categories for citizen, young citizen, sportsperson, junior sportsperson, community service, community group, community event, team of the year, and a creative arts award for persons aged 21 years and under.
Nomination forms are available from libraries, the administration centre or from bellingen.nsw.gov.au
Closing date is Friday, December 5.