Lake Mac Awards

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Nominations are now open for the 2022 Lake Mac Awards.

Help us celebrate the incredible people in our community and acknowledge the unsung heroes and high achievers who have made an outstanding contribution to our city.

The 2022 Lake Mac Awards recognise excellence and outstanding contribution in leadership, advocacy, innovation, bravery, skill or community spirit in the following areas:

  • Sports
  • Arts and creativity
  • Volunteering and community contribution
  • Environmental enhancement

Nominate a person, group or yourself by 21 February 2022. Winners will be announced at a formal gala event on Saturday 30 April 2022.

The Awards are open to individuals and groups based in Lake Macquarie, although their contributions may benefit the wider region.

How to make a nomination

  • Read the eligibility and criteria of your chosen category before applying.
  • We suggest drafting and saving your responses to each question in a Word document, then copying and pasting your answers to the form.
  • Fill out the online form and hit submit.

Tips for nominating

Open with the important information

Start with a clear and specific statement that outlines why your nominee (or yourself) is worthy of this award. Ask yourself the following questions:
• What activities or actions has the nominee undertaken that stand out?
• What has the nominee accomplished that goes above and beyond their job description?
• How has the nominee changed their community, city or nation?
• Why are you motivated to nominate this person?

Share their story
Strengthen your nomination by painting a picture of the person.
• What motivates them to make a difference?
• What personal challenges have they overcome in their life?
• Why do they inspire others?

Think about additional information relevant
• Personal, academic and professional achievements
• Contribution to benefit others in the relevant field
• Demonstrated leadership, innovation and creativity
• Degree of difficulty of the achievement and sacrifices made
• Previous awards and recognition
• Nature and length of activity or service

Consider your audience and avoid using jargon

Don’t just say it, prove it. Use examples, facts and statistics.

Aim for quality, not quantity. Limit your words to 350 per question.

Support your nomination with images, promotional items or a video.

Judging

  • Nominations will be considered by the Lake Macquarie Awards Committee or a panel appointed by the Committee.
  • The Committee may determine there is not a suitable winner for an award category.
  • The Committee reserves the right to transfer nominees to other categories.
  • The decision of the Awards Committee will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • The judging of candidates will be based on the information provided in the award submission.

Timeline

  • Nominations close 21 February 2022
  • Finalists announced 28 March 2022
  • Tickets on sale for gala event 28 March 2022
  • Awards night Saturday 30 April 2022 at Belmont 16s

Enquiries

Please contact us on 4921 0333 or email communications@lakemac.nsw.gov.au.

 

Sports Awards

Step 1.Eligibility

  • Nominee must reside in the Lake Macquarie Local Government Area
  • An organisation, association or club may submit more than one nomination. Each nomination should be submitted separately, addressing the reasons for the nomination
  • Nominee must be an Australian Citizen
  • Individuals are eligible to self-nominate
  • We encourage nominations from all people no matter of age, ability, gender, cultural background or religion
  • There are age guidelines for Lake Mac Young Sports Star and Lake Mac Sports Star

Step 2.Lake Mac Young Sports Star

(for outstanding performance in junior sports 18 years and younger at 31 January 2022)

Required information

  • Details of the nominee’s performance over the past year (and over a lifetime) in regional, state, national and if applicable international competitions.
  • Details of how the nominee has shown extraordinary qualities in one or more of the following: leadership, sportsmanship or discipline.

Nominate

Step 3.Lake Mac Sports Star

(for outstanding performance in sports 19 years or older at 31 January 2022)

Required information

  • Details of the nominee’s performance over the past year (and over a lifetime) in regional, state, national and if applicable international competitions.
  • Details of how the nominee has shown extraordinary qualities in one or more of the following: leadership, sportsmanship or discipline.

Nominate

Step 4.Lake Mac Sports Star with Disability

(for outstanding performance in sports for people with disability)

Required information

  • Details of the nominee’s performance over the past year (and over a lifetime) in regional, state, national and if applicable international competitions.
  • Details of how the nominee has shown extraordinary qualities in one or more of the following: leadership, sportsmanship or discipline.

Nominate

Step 5.Lake Mac Sports Leader Award

(In memory of Norm Johnston for outstanding contribution to sporting life in Lake Macquarie. This category is for a group or an individual.)

Required information

  • Details of the nominee’s contribution to sporting life in Lake Mac: As an example, what did they do, what has improved, how many people were reached or impacted?
  • The nominee’s achievements in one or more of the following areas:

    Coaching to enhance the performance of athletes and raising the standard of games during the past year (and over a lifetime)
    Promotion of participation in sports
    Community development and engagement
    Representation of the City at regional, state, national and international levels to raise the profile of Lake Macquarie City and the sport
    Operations and sports administration

Nominate

Arts Awards

Step 1.Eligibility

  • These categories are for a group or an individual
  • Nominee must reside in Lake Macquarie or the group must be based in the Lake Macquarie Local Government Area
  • This award is for a group or an individual who demonstrates excellence in their field of creative and artistic focus, including literacy, digital arts, performing arts, music, visual arts, sculpture and all fields of creative composition
  • Nominee must be an Australian Citizen
  • We encourage nominations from all people no matter of age, ability, gender, cultural background or religion

Step 2.Lake Mac Artist and Creator Award

(for demonstrated excellence in the field of arts and creative production)

Required information

  • A brief overview of the nominee’s creative career/history
  • Details of the body of work produced over the past year (and over a lifetime), explaining the quality, diversity and significance of that work
  • Details of any peer, regional, national or international recognition or response to the work produced

Nominate

Step 3.Lake Mac Arts Leader Award

(for outstanding demonstration of leadership and contribution to the arts)

Required information

  • Description of the work carried out over the past year (and over a lifetime)
  • Demonstration of achievements made in one or more of the following areas:

    Increases participation in arts and culture, particularly among diverse cultural groups over the past year (and over a lifetime)
    Increases the experience by Australians of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts and culture
    Delivers benefits to the broader community
    Provides valuable artistic experiences for children and young people
    Provides professional or community development and educational opportunities
    High level of community engagement, partnerships and collaborations
    Has a body of work demonstrating excellence

Nominate

Environment Awards

Lake Mac Environmental Leader Award

(for outstanding demonstration of leadership and contribution to the Lake Macquarie environment)

Eligibility

  • This category is for a group or an individual
  • Nominee must reside in Lake Macquarie or the group must be based in the Lake Macquarie Local Government Area
  • Not-for-profit groups and associations, individuals operating alone or as part of a private enterprise or not-for-profit group may apply
  • A “group” nomination from a private enterprise will not be accepted (although a business may submit a nomination for an individual from the organisation)
  • Nominee must be an Australian Citizen
  • We encourage nominations from all people no matter of age, ability, gender, cultural background or religion

Required information

  • Description of the work carried out to improve the environment over the past year (and over a lifetime)
  • Demonstration of how the work has helped to achieve in one or more of the following areas:

    High level of activities and initiatives conducted
    Achieved a measurable positive environmental (as well as social and economic if relevant) impact as a result of carrying out work
    High level of community engagement or education
    Demonstrated achievements in advocacy
    Increases participation in community activities in relation to environmental sustainability

Nominate

Volunteering and Community Awards

Step 1.Eligibility for all categories

  • Nominees must reside in Lake Macquarie or the group must be based in the Lake Macquarie Local Government Area
  • Community groups or organisations must be based locally and primarily support the Lake Macquarie community
  • Nominees must be an Australian Citizen
  • Individuals are eligible to self-nominate
  • We encourage nominations from all people no matter of age, ability, gender, cultural background or religion
  • There are age guidelines for Lake Mac Young Citizen of the Year and Lake Mac Senior of the Year

Step 2.Lake Mac Volunteer of the Year

(for outstanding community contribution)

  • This category is for an individual
  • Work carried out and achievements made must be as a volunteer
Required information
  • Description of the level work and achievements made during the past year (and over a lifetime)
  • Explanation of how the nominee’s work has contributed to improve quality of life

    This may include a combination of the level of impact achieved, how many people were reached, the extent of change or improvement, and likely future or ongoing impact and legacy

Nominate

Step 3.Lake Mac Community Group of the Year

(for outstanding community contribution)

  • This category is for a group, not an individual
  • An eligible group may be an informal entity or an organised association that is not-for-profit
  • Work carried out and achievements made must be on a volunteer basis
Required information
  • Description of the level work and achievements made during the past year (and over a lifetime)
  • Explanation of how the nominee’s work has contributed to improve quality of life.

    This may include a combination of the level of impact achieved, how many people were reached, the extent of change or improvement, and likely future or ongoing impact and legacy.

Nominate

Step 4.Lake Mac Young Citizen of the Year Award

(for outstanding demonstration of leadership skills and community contribution)

  • Nominee must be under 21 years at 31 January 2022

Required information
  • Description of what the candidate has achieved through their endeavours over the past year (and over a lifetime)

    As an example, demonstrate what the candidate did; how long it took; what resources were used, provided or sourced; what was the volume of work carried out; what social, environmental or economic impact did they achieve; what changed or improved and to what extent? 

  • Demonstration of how the work has helped to achieve in one or more of the following areas:
    Leadership, bravery, advocacy, innovation, creativity, skill, discipline or community contribution

Nominate

Step 5.Lake Mac Senior of the Year

(for outstanding demonstration of leadership skills and community contribution)

  • Nominee must be a senior and aged 65 years or older, or 50 years or older for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people at 31 January 2022
Required information
  • Description of what the candidate has achieved through their endeavours over the past year (and over a lifetime)

    As an example, demonstrate what the candidate did; how long it took; what resources were used, provided or sourced; what was the volume of work carried out; what social, environmental or economic impact did they achieve; what changed or improved and to what extent? 

  • Demonstration of how the work has helped to achieve in one or more of the following areas:
    Leadership, bravery, advocacy, innovation, creativity, skill, discipline or community contribution

Nominate

Step 6.Lake Mac Ambassador

(for outstanding demonstration of leadership skills and community contribution)

  • Nominee must be 21 years or older at 31 January 2022
Required information
  • Description of what the candidate has achieved through their endeavours over the past year (and over a lifetime)

    As an example, demonstrate what the candidate did; how long it took; what resources were used, provided or sourced; what was the volume of work carried out; what social, environmental or economic impact did they achieve; what changed or improved and to what extent? 

  • Demonstration of how the work has helped to achieve in one or more of the following areas:
    Leadership, bravery, advocacy, innovation, creativity, skill, discipline or community contribution

Nominate

Step 7.Lake Mac COVID-19 Hero

(for outstanding COVID-19 community contribution during the pandemic)

  • This category is for a group or an individual
  • Work carried out and achievements made must be on a volunteer basis
Required information
  • Description of the level work and achievements made during the COVID-19 pamdemic
  • Explanation of how the nominee’s or group's work has contributed to improve quality of life.

    This may include a combination of the level of impact achieved, how many people were reached, the extent of change or improvement, and likely future or ongoing impact and legacy.

Nominate