With nominations now open for the 2024 Community Citizen of the Year Awards, Shire of Narrogin president Leigh Ballard has urged the community to get behind those they feel worthy. “These awards provide a wonderful opportunity to recognise outstanding community members and groups,” he said. “Nominations close on October 31 so we encourage everyone to nominate individuals and groups who have made exceptional contributions to our community.” Community members are able to submit nominations in four categories: Recipients of the 2024 Shire of Narrogin citizenship awards will be announced at next year’s Australia Day celebration event on January 26. In 2023, Coral Mahony was awarded senior community citizen of the year for her reflective house number project designed to help emergency services and Dakota Bolton-Black received the youth award for volunteering and displaying leadership. The active citizenship group award was presented to the Narrogin Bushfire Brigade and chief bushfire control officer Pip Porter was named citizen of the year for his leadership during the 2022 Wickepin-Narrogin bushfire and for community engagement. “I love this town, I love this community and I love to volunteer,” Mr Porter said as he received his award. “I find that when you do volunteer, it’s a level playing field, it doesn’t matter who you are in society you’re working beside everybody and you get to have a chat and a cuppa and everybody’s got a story to tell — where else can you get the opportunity to do that.” Nominations for the awards close on October 31 and can be made online through the Citizenship Awards website.