Waimate residents will soon have the opportunity to recognise the "unsung heroes" of the district with the opening of nominations for the council's civic awards.
The awards were first mooted by Cr Peter Foley in 2010 and have gone from strength to strength with four people being recognised each year. Applicants can be nominated by people in the community with only the successful four being notified and invited to a special council function along with their family and friends.
Mayor John Coles said yesterday many people in the district might not receive recognition in the Queen's Birthday honours, but deserved local recognition for the time and effort they put into various clubs and organisations.
The awards are district wide and across all ages. "It's not just the older residents who have given many years of service in the community.
"The criteria are the level and length of of service, and that may well be across one or more different groups and organisations," he said.
Last year's successful recipients were: Judy Clarke, for services to tennis and sport; Jim Rayner, for a wide range of services including six years as a district councillor and also deputy mayor; James Young for services including meals on wheels and the Morven School Board; and Fred Wallace for service to the Friends of Kelcey's Bush committee and the Waimate Museum.
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