I have spoken before in this Chamber about the incredible contribution being made within our local communities by the thousands of people who, every year, volunteer to help others.

It is occasionally easy to think that, in our busy cities, we have become a more impersonal society.

Yet I see the opposite across my electorate.

Most of those who volunteer do so not expecting acknowledgement or accolades.

None-the-less, it is important we acknowledge those who really are the glue that hold our communities together.

It’s why later this year I am organising the North Sydney Community Awards.

Those awards are an opportunity for us to say thanks to those who are volunteering or working in my electorate to help others.

Nominations for the awards close on Friday 11 August, 2017 and nomination forms can be obtained by calling my office.

Through the awards we will acknowledge the efforts of those working with local community organisations – be they community service providers, our emergency services, those working to protect our environment and heritage or people supporting our schools and sporting clubs.

As part of the awards we will recognise the role of local community groups and older volunteers.

There is also a specific category for younger residents as one of the most inspiring aspects of my job as an MP is meeting the many young Australians, including school children, who give back to their local area.

I encourage local residents to think about nominating someone who is making a difference to our community so they can be recognised at the awards ceremony, which will be held at North Sydney Leagues Club – or Norths as it’s now known – on Friday 15 September 2017.

You can obtain a nomination form by contacting my office on 9929 9822 or via email trent.zimmerman.mp@aph.gov.au or by clicking on the link below:

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