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Nominate An Exceptional Bass Coast Citizen


Corinella resident, Barbara Oates, never imagined she would be in the running for the 2014 Bass Coast Citizen of the Year.

Once her long list of voluntary commitments spanning over a decade was put together, however, her dedication to the Bass Coast community made her the perfect candidate for the award.

“It was very much a surprise for me to get the award,” Ms Oates said.

“I just never thought what I was doing had accumulated to much until people took the time to take stock of what I’d done over the years.”

“I didn’t think the work I did was that important, because it was just second nature, but it turns out to be quite a benefit to the community that you work for.”

The 2014 winner encouraged residents to “definitely” consider nominating friends or family members for the Citizen of the Year or Young Citizen of the Year awards.

“Although it’s their choice and their passion to be community minded, and give their time to achieve things within the community, it’s often unseen work,” Ms Oates said.

“Their work could be an accumulation of a lifetime, or it could be something major they’ve done. It could be absolutely anything.”

“I’ve had a wonderful time with it and it was a very big honour to be recognised.”

Ms Oates said a highlight during her time as Citizen of the Year had been attending Bass Coast Shire Council’s Citizenship Ceremonies.

“I think they are very special, people making that step to become part of our world,” Ms Oates said.

“It’s very important and a very special time for them, and it’s been a privilege to be part of it.

Nominations for the Bass Coast Citizen of the Year and Young Citizen of the Year are currently open and have been extended, now closing on Friday, 12 December 2014.

Nomination forms can be found on Council’s website at

If you would forms posted to you, or you have any questions or would like further information, please contact Linda Ryan on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211.