Federal Member for North Sydney Trent Zimmerman is asking residents in his electorate to nominate unsung local heroes for the 2017 North Sydney Community Awards.

“I’m organising the Awards to acknowledge the contribution of those volunteers who really are the glue who hold our community together,” Mr Zimmerman said.

“We all face the pressures of work and many also have family responsibilities.

“Yet so many take time out to think of others.

“Thousands of residents are quietly working in our area to help others in need or to support our community.

“One of the most inspiring aspects of being an MP is having the opportunity to work with the many wonderful community groups that have their home on the lower north shore.

“I have experienced this through my own involvement with organisations like Rotary.

“Through these Awards we can say thank you to those who make our community stronger.”

Nominations close Friday August 11 and nomination forms can be obtained by contacting Mr Zimmerman’s office on 9929 9822 or emailing trent.zimmerman.mp@aph.gov.au

The awards ceremony will be held on Friday September 15 at 10.30am at Norths in Cammeray.

Nominees may live or work in the North Sydney federal electorate. Award categories include the Sport Achievement Award which recognises outstanding sporting performances and contributions.

“Nominees may be sportspeople or those that work behind the scenes to assist local sporting organisations.”

The North Sydney Community Award (general category)

recognises individuals who make an outstanding contribution to assisting the local community, protecting our local environment and heritage or supporting the development of local businesses.

The North Sydney Young Person of the Year recognises outstanding service to the community by a young person up to the age of 25 while the North Sydney Older Person of the Year

Recognises outstanding service to the community by a person over the age of 65.

The final award is for the Community Group of the Year

which is open to any local community group that is helping to make our local area a better place.

North Sydney MP Trent Zimmerman presents flowers to Moshe and Hannah Platus at Montifiori Jewish Home in Hunters Hill. Moshe is a Holocaust survivor who recently shared his remarkable story with readers of The Weekly Times.