Muswellbrook Shire Council calling on nominations for 2020 Australia Day Awards

IT is the people who go above and beyond the call of duty, such as the Muswellbrook Shire's 2019's Citizen of the Year Len Kelman and 2019 Young Citizen Larnie Chapman, who help to turn a town into a genuine community.

So, if you know someone who fits this bill, don't miss the opportunity to share community pride by nominating a person who has made a difference for a 2020 Australia Day Award.

Mr Kelman picked up the major honour following an incredible 12-month period, which saw him help many in need by delivering hay, water and other goods in drought-affected areas.

"I didn't do it for this kind of recognition," he said at the time.

"It's very good just without the award to get out there and see the farmers and know they're really appreciative of the work we do for them.

"And, it gives me great satisfaction and an opportunity for me to pay back what they've done for our region's business over the years."

Now, Mr Kelman's encouraging residents to recommend someone equally worthy of the privilege.

Awards are presented to individuals and organisations that have made an outstanding contribution to the shire in the field of community service, sport, agriculture, social inclusion, arts and culture, environment and education.

Categories include: Citizen of the Year; Young Citizen of the Year; Cultural Contributor, Young Cultural Contributor; Social Award; Education Award; Environment Award ; Northoak Award (Agriculture); Services to Sport; Sportsperson of the Year; and Junior Sportsperson of the Year.

Locals are urged to nominate a person or organisation who has made a significant contribution to the growth and wellbeing of the Muswellbrook Shire community.

Nominations can be downloaded from the Muswellbrook Shire Council website or you collect a form from the council Administration Centre or Muswellbrook and Denman libraries.

They close on Monday, December 9.