Local residents who went above and beyond last year are being commemorated in Griffith's Australia Day awards.
Griffith City Council announced the nominees for the awards this week, with some familiar names finding their way on to the list.
Michelle Bordignon, Dolf Murwood, Robert Capello, Theo Bollen, Tony Floyd, and Ann Furner are the six nominees for citizen of the year.
There are also nominees for young citizen, community project of the year, environmental citizen of the year, junior sportsperson of the year, and sports team of the year.
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The winners of each category are set to be announced at the official Australia Day ceremony, which will be held at Griffith Regional Theatre, starting at 10am on January 26.
The event will also see 29 new Australians receive their citizenship.
Councillor Christine Stead says the ceremony will give Griffith residents the chance to reflect on what was a difficult year.
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"In the past year Australia has faced immense challenges - drought, bushfire, floods and the coronavirus pandemic," she said.
"Australia Day 2021 is a day for us to respect and thank the first responders and frontline workers who worked through fire, flood and pandemic to protect life and property, to support their communities and to keep our nation going."
"We have some wonderful nominees to celebrate this year, please show your support."
All award nominees:
Citizen of the year:
- Michelle Bordignon
- Dolf Murwood
- Robert Capello
- Theo Bollen
- Tony Floyd
- Ann Furner
- Cadet Corporal Sam Robinson
- Oscar and Harrison Floyd
Community project of the year:
- Griffith Meals on Wheels
- Yenda Skate Park
Environmental citizen of the year:
- Hampers of hope
Junior sportsperson of the year:
- Ellie Matthews
Sports team of the year:
- Hanwood Football Club All Age Women's Team
Keith Potger AO, co-founding member of Aussie pop quartet, The Seekers, is this year's Australia Day Ambassador in Griffith.
Tickets to the official Australia Day event are available online.