Nominations for Citizen of the Year

Australia Day 2021 will be celebrated a little differently than previous years by the Forbes Shire, but it will be celebrated nonetheless. Next year, Forbes Shire Council are asking residents to celebrate our great nation at home with family and friends, ensuring the COVID safe protocols are adhered to.

"I call on you all to celebrate Australia Day with a BBQ, a few friends and family around and think about the incredible year we all have just lived through," said Deputy Mayor, Chris Roylance. "We are disappointed not to be celebrating like we did last year, by the Lake with hundreds of people for a Party in the Park, but we do need to keep our wits about ourselves and remain COVID free in our community.

"It is now time to nominate your local heroes! We will still crown our amazing citizens of the year, and recognise their great achievements, because no doubt they do deserve to be recognised," continues Cr Roylance. "I would like to ask you all to start getting those nominations in, we are looking for someone who is great at what they do and inspires others to do the same."

The categories this year there are; Citizen of the Year (25 years or older), Young Citizen of the Year (25 years or younger) and Senior Citizen of the Year (65 years or older). The award ceremony will be livestreamed on Facebook.

All nominees should:

  • have made significant contributions to the Forbes Shire community
  • have acted above and beyond the scope of their regular employment or duties
  • be inspirational role models
  • positively impact the lives of others
  • live within the Shire
  • not previously received the award


"We can also happily inform everyone that the Australia Day fireworks will still go ahead," says Cr Roylance. "They will be from a new location though to ensure everyone in the town can get a view of them from their own backyard. We will let you know more in the coming weeks.

"The Australia Day Ambassador for 2021 is one of our local heroes, Phillip Adams, Commonwealth and Olympic medal winner Shooter,” Cr Roylance continues. “He is highly regarded as a great sportsman and general great guy.”

Nomination forms can be found on the Forbes Shire Council website or in Town Hall reception area. The nominations close 5pm January 10, 2021. For more information please contact Forbes Shire Council's Events Officer on 6850 2300 during business hours.

Australian Citizen of the Year Nomination Form 2021 

Australia Day Citizen of the Year Noms