Nominate a local hero for a Sunshine Coast Australia Day Award
  • Tuesday 25 September 2018
sunshine coast australia day awards 2019

If you know a person, community group or organisation making a difference to the Sunshine Coast community, give them the recognition they deserve by nominating them for a 2019 Sunshine Coast Australia Day Award.

Mayor Mark Jamieson launched the annual awards today and encouraged residents to nominate a local hero in one of the seven Australia Day Award categories.

The award recipients will be announced at a special ceremony on the eve of Australia Day 2019.

“The Sunshine Coast Australia Day Awards have been running since 2009 and over the past decade we have been able to recognise and honour an outstanding list of community members and organisations from a wide cross-section of our community,” Mayor Jamieson said.

“You don’t have to be famous to be nominated for our Australia Day Awards, we’re looking for the unsung heroes.

“Now is the time to think about those who have made a difference to us all here on our Sunshine Coast and nominate them for an award.

“The person may be young or old, have achieved something truly special, it may have been a brave act, an act of unparalleled kindness, or an act of sacrifice for a greater good.

“Earlier this year, for our 10th anniversary Sunshine Coast Australia Day Awards, we honoured joint citizens of the year Bruce and Denise Morcombe, along with our other very deserving recipients.

“We are lucky to be surrounded by so many individuals in our community who work to make the Coast a better place.

“These awards provide an opportunity for us to publicly show our appreciation and honour the achievements of those individuals and organisations.

“These people make a real difference to life on the Sunshine Coast and it’s important that we celebrate their contribution.”

If you know a person, community group or organisation worthy of an award, nominate them now in one of the following categories:

  • Citizen of the Year, sponsored by 7 News Sunshine Coast
  • Senior Citizen on the Year, sponsored by Maroochy RSL
  • Young Citizen of the Year, sponsored by USC
  • Community – Group or Organisation, sponsored by Sunshine Coast Daily
  • Environment, sponsored by Living Smart Sunshine Coast
  • Creative, sponsored by TAFE Queensland
  • Sport and Recreation, sponsored by Sunshine Coast Sports Federation.

Nominations close on November 26, 2018. You can nominate online via council’s website.

Sunshine Coast Australia Day Award recipients will be announced at a special ceremony to be held on Friday, January 25, 2019.

For more information, visit council’s website or email

Image: Mayor Mark Jamieson with 2018 Sunshine Coast Australia Day Award recipients (l-r) Daniel Morcombe Foundation CEO Holly Brennan OAM, Bruce Morcombe, Denise Morcombe, Olivia Lindsay, Judy Pippen.