NSW Citizen of the Year Awards

Each year the public is invited to nominate fellow citizens to receive a NSW Local Citizen of the Year Award.

The awards acknowledge outstanding achievements within local communities by recognising the following award categories:

  • Citizen of the Year
  • Young Citizen of the Year
  • Sportsperson of the Year
  • Australia Day Award
  • Environmental Citizen of the Year (New)


Each council has their own award guidelines and nomination process. For more information on nominating your local Citizen of the Year, contact your local Council.


Environmental Citizen of the Year Award

In 2019 we are introducing the Environmental Citizen of the Year Award.

This award recognises individuals and organisations championing litter reduction and/or environmental initiatives in their local community. Nominees may be recognised for work such as:

  • preserving the environment
  • innovative use of the Return and Earn scheme to fundraise for a meaningful cause
  • fostering partnerships that achieve litter reduction and recycling outcomes.

Individuals and organisations including schools, local businesses and community groups are eligible to receive this award.

The Environmental Citizen of the Year award is presented in partnership with Return and Earn.

Each local award winner is in the running to be a state winner and receive a $5,000 grant from Return and Earn towards their community initiative.

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