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Wall of honour . . . Waimate Mayor Craig Rowley with photographs of the recipients of previous years' Civic Awards. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Nominations are now being accepted for Waimate’s 2020 Civic Awards, the mayoral-led programme that recognises the district’s unsung heroes.

The March event will be the 10th successive year the district’s volunteers have been recognised this way and over the past decade 43 individuals, five young people and four groups or organisations have won awards.

Waimate District Mayor Craig Rowley said the awards had been held annually to recognise the district’s special people who worked tirelessly in the volunteer sector, often for little thanks or recognition.

Over the past few years, youth and group/organisation categories were added.

John Begg, Sandra Coles, Warren Herron, and Janice Mehrtens were chosen as this year’s adult civic award recipient, the youth award was given to Catherine Nicol, and the Friends of Knottingley Park gained the group/organisation award.

“I’d like to urge nominators, especially from the rural areas of the district, to get active, as there are plenty of worthy individuals, groups and young people out there doing good things across the entire district.”

The mayor also encouraged unsuccessful nominators from previous years to resubmit their nomination again this year. Forms are available from the council’s main office, library, information centre, website or by emailing karalyn@waimatedc.govt.nz.

The 2020 recipients of the individual, youth and group or organisation awards will be recognised in a formal ceremony in March.

Nominations close 4pm, Friday, January 24.