Lake Mac Awards

The Lake Mac Awards are now open!

About the 2020 Lake Mac Awards

The aim of the awards is to celebrate the people and groups who demonstrate that we are from a creative, active and inclusive City.

We want to recognise people who use their skills and passions to contribute to enhancing the social, cultural and environmental functions of the City, and for raising our profile regionally, nationally and internationally.

Categories are diverse, covering sports, the arts, environmental enhancement, volunteering and community contributions.

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

Winners will be announced at a special event held on Saturday 8 February 2020. Nominations close Thursday 31 October 2019.

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.
  • Send any supporting material to communications@lakemac.nsw.gov.au.

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 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 are due Thursday 31 October 2019
  • Invitations to Awards night issued in December 2019
  • Awards night Saturday 8 February 2020

Enquiries

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

Sports Awards

Lake Mac Rising Sports Star

(for outstanding performance in junior sports 18 years and younger)

Eligibility

  • An organisation, association or club may submit more than one nomination. Each nomination should be submitted separately, addressing the reasons for the nomination
  • Nominees must live within Lake Macquarie City
  • Achievements to be considered must have been made in 2019 (season)
  • 18 years or younger
  • Employees of Lake Macquarie City Council are not eligible

Required information

  • Details of the nominee’s performance over the past year 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.

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Lake Mac Sports Star

(for outstanding performance in sports)

We encourage nominations from people who compete in masters, disability, and open competitions.

Eligibility

  • An organisation, association or club may submit more than one nomination. Each nomination should be submitted separately, addressing the particular categories
  • Nominees must live within Lake Macquarie City
  • Achievements to be considered must have been made in 2019 (season)
  • Employees of Lake Macquarie City Council are not eligible

Required information

  • Details of the nominee’s performance over the past year 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

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Lake Mac All Abilities Sports Star

(for outstanding performance in sports for people with a disability)

Eligibility

  • An organisation, association or club may submit more than one nomination. Each nomination should be submitted separately, addressing the reasons for the nomination.
  • Nominees must live within Lake Macquarie City.
  • Achievements to be considered must have been made in 2019 (season).
  • Employees of Lake Macquarie City Council are not eligible.

Required information

  • Details of the nominee’s performance over the past year 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

Apply now

Lake Mac Sports Leader Award

(In memory of Norm Johnston for outstanding contribution to sporting life in Lake Macquarie City)

Eligibility

  • An organisation, association or club may submit more than one nomination. Each nomination should be submitted separately, addressing the particular categories
  • Nominees must live within Lake Macquarie City
  • Employees of Lake Macquarie City Council are not eligible

Required information

  • Details of the nominee’s contribution to sporting life in Lake Mac as possible: As an example, what did they do, what have 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 adminisration

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Arts Awards

Lake Mac Artist and Creator Award

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

Eligibility

  • Nominees must live within Lake Macquarie City
  • Employees of Lake Macquarie City Council are not eligible
  • Awarded to a group or individual who demonstrates excellence in the field of creative and artistic focus, including:    

    • digital arts
    • literature
    • music
    • performing arts
    • visual arts
    • all other fields of 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

 Apply now

Lake Mac Arts Leader Award

(for outstanding contribution to the arts)

Eligibility

  • Nominees must live within Lake Macquarie City
  • Employees of Lake Macquarie City Council are not eligible

Required information

  • Description of the work carried out over the past year
  • 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

Apply now

Environment Awards

Lake Mac Environmental Leader Award

(for outstanding contribution to the Lake Macquarie environment)

Eligibility

  • Nominees must live within Lake Macquarie City
  • 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)
  • Employees of Lake Macquarie City Council are not eligible

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 during the past year (and over a lifetime)
    • Achieved a measurable positive environmental (as well as social and economic if relevant) impact as a result of carrying our work during the past year (and over a lifetime)
    • High level of community engagement or education
    • Demonstrated achievements in advocacy
    • Increases participation in community activities in relation to environmental sustainability

Apply now

Volunteering and Community Awards

Lake Mac Volunteer of the Year

(for outstanding community contribution)

Eligibility

  • Nominees must live in Lake Macquarie City
  • Work carried out and achievements made must be as a volunteer
  • Employees of Lake Macquarie City Council are not eligible

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 of improvement, and likely future or ongoing impact and legacy

Apply now

Lake Mac Community Group of the Year

(For outstanding community contribution)

Eligibility

  • 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
  • Groups must be based within Lake Macquarie City
  • Employees of Lake Macquarie City Council are not eligible

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.

Apply now

Lake Mac Young Citizen of the Year Award

(for outstanding demonstration of leadership, skills, and community contribution)

Eligibility

  • Nominees must live within Lake Macquarie City
  • Age up to 21 years at 31 January 2020

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
    • community contribution
    Apply now

    Lake Mac Ambassador Award

    (for outstanding demonstration of leadership, skills, and community contribution

    Eligibility

  • The nominee must live within Lake Macquarie City
  • Employees of Lake Macquarie City Council are not eligible
  • 21 years or older

    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
    • community contribution

 Apply now