NOMINATIONS are now open for the 2014 City of Greater Bendigo Citizen and Young Citizen awards.
Nomination forms are available at City of Greater Bendigo offices, local libraries or can be made online at www.bendigo.vic.gov.au.
The awards acknowledge the outstanding achievements of Greater Bendigo residents for their community service, career, sporting, academic achievements or service to arts, culture or the environment.
Mayor Lisa Ruffell was joined by 2013 Citizen of the Year Linda Beilharz on Thursday morning as they made the official call for nominations.
"It is a really big honour to have your city select you for an award like this," Ms Beilharz said.
"That's quite an extraordinary feeling actually.
"You don't work towards that, you don't do all your things for that, but it makes you value what you've done in a different way because you realise it's been appreciated."
Ms Beilharz the executive officer of Women’s Health Loddon Mallee and has lived in Bendigo for 30 years.
When she received the award earlier this year she told the Bendigo Advertiser if it wasn’t for her hometown, many of her achievements would not have been possible.
Ms Beilharz helped establish the Bendigo Sustainability Group and is a search and rescue volunteer.
Cr Ruffell said the awards were the highest honour a community could give to an individual resident.
"We've had some fantastic people named Citizen of the Year including our current recipient Linda Beilharz," Cr Ruffell said.
"Nominating someone for the City of Greater Bendigo Citizen or Young Citizen of the Year awards is a fantastic way to recognise the hard work and efforts of high-achieving citizens within our community."
Nominations for the 2014 awards close at 5pm on November 29, 2013.
Winners of the 2014 awards will be announced in the week leading up to Australia Day 2014. Nominees for the Young Citizen of the Year must be under 25 years of age on January 26, 2014.
It is a really big honour to have your city select you for an award like this.