Community Awards & Nominations


Entries are now open for the 2023 Colac Otway Shire Community Awards with residents encouraged to nominate their local heroes.

Council is asking for nominations across three categories, Community Service Award (individual or group), Young Citizen of the Year and Citizen of the Year to recognise the commitment of community-minded residents who have made a significant contribution to the shire.

This year the awards will be presented at the Colac Kana Festival on Saturday 18th March 2023.


14 December 2022: Nominations open

5 February 2023 at 5pm: Closing date (extended from 29 January)

18 March 2023: Announcement of winners at the Colac Otway Shire Community Awards Presentation at the Colac Kana Festival


Assessment Guidelines


  • The scope of impact the individual/group has made to the Colac Otway Shire community.
  • Personal, academic and professional achievements of the nominee and how these have been used to benefit the community.
  • Degree of difficulty of the achievement(s) and/or level of sacrifice made.
  • Demonstrated leadership, innovation and creativity.


The nominated person or group must:

  • Live, work, volunteer or go to school in the Colac Otway Shire;
  • Be willing to be nominated and give their consent;
  • Agree to be featured in Council’s communication channels and local media;
  • Not have previously received an award in the same award category;
  • Not be nominated for contributions made to the community that were carried out as part of their paid employment
  • Not have nominated themselves


  • Council’s decision on the Colac Otway Shire Community Awards is final and no correspondence will be entered into;
  • Unsuccessful nominees may be re-nominated in subsequent years;
  • No weight is given to the number of times a person has been nominated.


Submit a Nomination

Nominations can be submitted via the online form, alternatively hard copies of nomination forms are also available to collect from Council’s Customer Service Centres in Colac and Apollo Bay. For further information please contact Colac Otway Shire Council on 5232 9400.

Online Submit Your Nomination

Download a nomination form - Colac Otway Shire Community Awards 2023 Nomination Form

In person – Colac Otway Shire Service Centres

Colac Service Centre

2-6 Rae Street, Colac

Apollo Bay Service Centre

100 Great Ocean Road, Apollo Bay