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Nominate inspiring seniors for a 2013 NSW Seniors Week Achievement Award

13 August 2012



Nominations are now open for the 2013 NSW Seniors Week Achievement Awards.

Minister for Ageing Andrew Constance said that each year the awards showcase the enormous talent there is among seniors in our community.

The 2013 awards for individuals will celebrate seniors for their achievements in eight categories. The 2013 award for organisations will acknowledge organisations that are supporting working seniors.

"From business to education, health to the environment these awards celebrate seniors who continue to raise the bar and excel," Mr Constance said.

"We encourage nominations for individuals as well as organisations for their commitment in positively shaping their community."

Mr Constance said that eight awards and eight highly commended awards are available in categories of Business, Intergenerational Understanding, Environment, Science and Agriculture, Health and Wellbeing, Lifelong Learning, Community Service and Supporting Working Seniors.

"We believe it is important to give thanks where it is due and these awards are our way of showing our appreciation for these exceptional seniors," Mr Constance said.

One of last year's winners Mr Christopher Mullett is an example of the role and influence seniors play in the business sector.

As publisher of the Motoring Matters Magazine Group many of his staff are also aged over 60 years old which he says gives him an edge in a highly competitive market.

"Knowledge comes from experience and our readers rely on the personal experience displayed by our writers to make their purchase decisions," Mr Mullett said.

"We employ people based on ability, knowledge and attitude. Age simply doesn't figure into the equation."

The awards also acknowledge the importance of people of all ages coming together. Last year Ms Margaret Caroll from Molong, NSW was acknowledged for her work in the community sector as well as a writer sharing the inspiring lives of ordinary rural Australians aged 19 to 95 through her books.

"To be recognised through this award was a real thrill," she said.

"The other awardees inspired me too with their capacity for living and I’d urge everyone to nominate someone for the 2013 awards."

Nominations are now open and close on Friday, 14 September 2012.

The Minister said the awards would be presented during 2013 NSW Seniors Week to be held between 17-24 March 2013.

For details and to nominate online visit www.nswseniorsweek.com.au or call Seniors Information Service on 13 12 44 to obtain a hard copy.

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