Shoalhaven City Council has determined to retain the Australia Day Awards/ Shoalhaven Medals for 2018.
A Mayoral Minute was considered at Council’s Ordinary meeting held on 22 August 2017 to determine whether the awards should be deferred for 2018 to allow Council to review all the awards and events that are hosted and ensure that Council is allocating its resources wisely.
The Mayoral Minute also sought to allow focus and resources to be placed on the Queen’s Baton Relay which is to be held in Nowra on Monday, 5 February 2018.
It was clear from discussions at the Ordinary meeting tonight that Councillors would like to retain the Australia Day Awards/Shoalhaven Medal and ensure that these continue for 2018.
Mayor Amanda Findley said, “I put forward the Mayoral Minute to enable Council to discuss the Australia Day awards for 2018. In previous years, Council had struggled to obtain nominations from the community.”
“I believed that it was prudent to review all the events and awards that Council holds to ensure that we are delivering for our community and responding to their needs. It is clear from my fellow Councillors that they would like the awards to continue into the future and that the celebrations around Australia Day remain unchanged.
The meeting also reconfirmed Council’s financial support for the current community celebrations which Council has supported for many years.
“My intention by putting forward the motion was not to change any Australia Day celebrations; clearly the Minute supported the continuation of these celebrations into the future. I simply wanted Council to consider whether the awards fit within all the other awards and events that Council holds throughout the year.”
“It was important to discuss the awards for 2018 to ensure that Council is using our resources wisely, given that we also have the commitment of the Queen’s Baton Relay shortly after.”
“Council will continue these awards for 2018 and will be promoting the opportunity throughout our community to encourage more nominations this year to ensure that we have a successful awards event for 2018.”