Local heroes helping the city through the coronavirus pandemic are among the many ordinary, but extraordinary, individuals being called for nomination for the 2021 Lord Mayor’s Australia Day Awards.

Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said nominations are now open for the awards, which will celebrate people who have helped Brisbane get through one of the toughest challenges in its history.

“Time after time, Brisbane residents shown extraordinary resilience. Be it flood, fire and now global pandemic, these testing events bring out the best in people when it comes to caring for and supporting each other,” Cr Schrinner said.

“We have heard some heart-warming stories this year about residents going above and beyond to help their neighbours and strangers and it’s these people, as well as the unsung, everyday heroes, who are at the heart of the Australia Day Awards.

“I’m calling on friends, family, neighbours and co-workers to nominate someone they know who has generously given their time and energy to support a cause or help someone.

“We want to recognise people from suburbs across Brisbane who take on voluntary roles for the love of it and want to make our city an even better place to live.

“Earlier this year, the awards recognised humble residents including Citizen of the Year Seamus Sullivan, who worked to improve the lives of foster children, Young Citizen of the Year Cody Schaeffer, who set up a camp to support vulnerable youth and our Green Heart Award recipient, 87-year-old Gerald Dunford who tireless helped Brisbane’s forest rehabilitation.”

The award categories include:
1. Citizen of the Year
2. Senior Citizen of the Year
3. Young Citizen of the Year
4. Community Event of the Year
5. Green Heart Award
6. Corporate Citizen of the Year
7. Australia Day Cultural/Arts Award
8. Australia Day Sports Awards
9. Australia Day Achievement Awards

The Lord Mayor’s Australia Day Awards have been an annual tradition since 2015.

Nominees and award recipients will be acknowledged at the awards ceremony in January 2021.

Submissions are open from today until Monday 2 November 2020 and can be made at www.brisbane.qld.gov.au.