Collie-Preston MLA Mick Murray has urged the Collie community to nominate locals who have made an outstanding contribution to the community with nominations opening for Australian Honours and Awards.
The Australian honours system acknowledges the outstanding achievements and commitment of extraordinary Australians across a broad range of areas, and this award is a way to bring attention to admirable people.
Mr Murray said nominations from WA in previous years were significantly lower than other states and the state government had launched a campaign to get more WA nominees.
Of the 895 Australians recognised on Australia Day this year, only 68 were from WA – less than 8 per cent of the total number.
Mr Murray has asked the community for help identifying nominees, particularly those community members who are quiet achievers or unknown heroes as well those people who are leaders in their field of work or household names.
“I encourage everyone to put forward the names of people in the Collie community who have made a difference, especially those quiet achievers who give so much to our community without expecting anything in return,” he said.
“We have so many worthy people contributing to community life here in Collie and it would be fantastic to see them receive recognition through an Australian Honour or Award.
“Anyone can be nominated so please help to spread the word throughout our community and make sure our local heroes are acknowledged for the important work they do.”
Nominations can be made online at www.dpc.wa.gov.au/ProjectsandSpecialEvents/Pages/Australian-Honours-and-Awards.aspx