Ross Vasta today called on Bonner community members to have their say about who should be the next Australian of the Year, Senior Australian of the Year, Young Australian of the Year and Australia’s Local Hero.


Nominations are now open for the Australian of the Year Awards 2013. You can nominate online at, pick up a nomination form from any branch of Major Sponsor the Commonwealth Bank or call 1300 655 193 for more information.


Ross Vasta said the Australian of the Year Awards program relies solely on nominations from the public to find the recipients each year, so it was important for community members to actively express their opinion on who should be considered for the awards.


“Wouldn’t it be brilliant to see someone from Bonner honored with these Awards in January 2013”


“If there is someone you admire or who you think is an exemplary Australian, take a few minutes to nominate them – it’s a great way to say thanks for their efforts.”


“Show your pride in these special people and in our community.” said Ross Vasta.


There are four award categories:


·                     Australian of the Year – open to all Australians who deserve recognition for their extraordinary achievements, contributions to the community and nation and who are inspirational role models to all Australians;


·                     Senior Australian of the Year – recognises those Australians aged 60 years and over who continue to achieve and contribute to the community;


·                     Young Australian of the Year – recognises those extraordinary young Australians aged 16 – 30 years who are making their mark on our community;


·                     Australia’s Local Hero – recognises Australians who make a real difference in their local communities and whose outstanding contributions enrich the lives of those around them.


Nominations close at midnight on 31 August 2012. For more information on the Australian of the Year Awards or to submit your nomination online visit

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