Who's a top Aussie to you?

NOMINATIONS for the Australian of the Year Awards 2011 are now open and Coffs Coast residents are being asked to join the rest of Australia in shining the light on the people they find inspiring.

Your nomination could end up being Australian of the Year, Senior Australian of the Year, Young Australian of the Year or Australia's Local Hero.

National Australia Day Council acting chair Shelly Reys urged Australians young and old to have their say on who they admire and who should be recognised with an award.

“The Australian of the Year Awards is the public's opportunity to have a say in who should be honoured – the awards rely solely on public nominations to identify the people worthy of consideration,” Ms Reys said. “Now is the time to have your say on who you think represents the best of Australian values, who is doing great things and who makes you proud to be Australian.”

Australian of the Year 2010, Professor Patrick McGorry, supported the call for nominations saying he was grateful for his nomination and the recognition it brought.

“I am still humbled by the honour given to me as Australian of the Year 2010 and the opportunities it has already given me this year to meet other everyday Australians all around the country who are contributing to making our nation a better place, especially young people,” Professor McGorry said.

“I feel very strongly that we should all nominate someone for the awards to acknowledge the many who make a difference in our society. If others had not submitted a nomination for me, I would not have been given this great honour. I encourage everyone to take a few minutes to complete a nomination form for someone who could be the next Australian of the Year.”

You can nominate online at www.australianoftheyear.org.au or pick up a form at the Commonwealth Bank or call 1300 655 193. Nominations close August 31.

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