West Australians urged to nominate community members for an Australian honour or award

Shoalwater man Richard Usher was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia earlier this year.
Shoalwater man Richard Usher was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia earlier this year.

WEST Australians are urged to say thanks to someone deserving of national recognition by nominating them for an Australian honour or award.

With nominations from WA significantly lower compared to other states, the State Government will today launch a campaign to increase the number of homegrown nominees.

The Australian honours system, managed by the Federal Government, recognises outstanding achievements and the commitment of extraordinary Australians across professional, public and community service areas.

Of the 778 Australians recently awarded the Order of Australia, only 55 West Australians were recognised, which was about seven per cent of the total number of recipients.

The campaign will encourage more people to nominate worthy recipients, particularly those that serve their community at a grassroots level.

Premier Mark McGowan said there were are hundreds of extraordinary WestAustralians who gave selflessly to the community.

“While the Commonwealth manages these awards, it’s important we throw our hats into the ring because we know when we do, we have a high success rate,” he said.

“I am particularly keen to see more women and indigenous West Australians recognised through these important awards.

“I encourage everyone to put forward the names of people in the community that have made a difference, especially those quiet achievers who give without thought of recognition or personal gain.”

For more information, visit www.dpc.wa.gov.au/ProjectsandSpecialEvents or call 6552 5941.