Nominate those who make Port Stephens great

2021 Annual Award winners: Young Citizen of the Year Brigid Douglas and Citizen of the Year November Sheehan.

IT’S time for our community to nominate local champions who’ve supported or inspired others, shown leadership or excelled in their field as part of the 2022 Annual Awards.

Held on Australia Day each year, the awards are an opportunity to recognise the people who make an outstanding contribution to our place.

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Port Stephens Mayor Ryan Palmer said it’s an important time to acknowledge the amazing efforts of groups and individuals from around our region.

“We’re so proud of those who stand out as shining lights in our community, whether it’s through donating their time to community programs, championing local sports, or raising environmental awareness,” Mayor Palmer said.

“We want to acknowledge those that go a little bit further, open their arms a little bit wider or give that little bit extra to inspire us all to make every day better,” he added.

Vibrant Places Coordinator Amber Herrmann says there are seven award categories Council is seeking nominations for.

“We want to know who you think deserves to be recognised as our Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year, Freeman of Port Stephens, Sportsperson of the Year, Environmental Citizen of the Year or should receive the Port Stephens Medal or Cultural Endeavour Award,” Ms Herrmann said.

“If you know someone who’s given back to their community or done something extraordinary during the last year, show them you care by nominating them today,” she added.

2021 Citizen of the Year November Sheehan was recognised for her efforts in combatting loneliness during the COVID-19 pandemic by creating the Facebook group Heart Letter Pen.

“It was an amazing honour – one which I never expected – to be named Port Stephens Citizen of the Year last year,” Ms Sheehan said.

“Many people give up their time, effort and, in some cases, finances to make Port Stephens a better place to live and it’s so important to recognise this service to the community,” she added.

Nominations close 5pm Monday, 28 November 2022. For more information and to nominate, visit

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