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Corporal Cameron Baird VC MG Memorial Award 2020/21

Corporal Cameron Baird VC MG Memorial Award

The Corporal Cameron Baird VC MG Memorial Awards were established in 2015 by Hume City Council to recognise the legacy of Corporal Cameron Baird VC MG, a Hume local and national hero who was killed in action in 2013. He was awarded the country’s highest military award, the Victoria Cross for Australia and was also awarded the Medal for Gallantry for his service in Afghanistan in 2007-08.

Along with his military prowess, Corporal Baird is remembered for his involvement in the community and his desire to inspire the next generation. In particular, he is remembered for:
  • His tireless work to raise funds for families of other soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice
  • His sportsmanship (football, cricket, track and field and he was an Australian champion at shot put)
  • His love of music (always carrying a guitar)
  • His desire to inspire the next generation
  • His bravery (putting himself in harm’s way for his team)
  • His leadership and his commitment to looking after his mates.

A total award of $5,000 is available to young people in Hume to further their personal or professional development and achieve their dreams.

Young people can self-nominate, or be nominated by someone else, to be considered for the Award in either category:
  • Leading from the Front Achievement Award – recognising achievements in sport, community, art, employment or education.
  • Gaining Ground Encouragement Award – recognising commitment to an area of interest.

Council is committed to ensuring that award nomination information remains confidential, and managed in accordance with the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014. If you have an enquiry regarding this nomination form, please feel free to contact Council’s Organisational Performance & Engagement Department on 9205 2433.
1. Corporal Cameron Baird VC MG Memorial Award Terms and Conditions
  • Nominees must be Hume residents aged 12-25 years old.
  • A young person can either nominate themselves or be nominated by someone else. Consent must be obtained if applying on behalf of someone else.
  • Nominators must not be related to the young person they are nominating.
  • All nominations must have the support of a referee. Referees can be a school principal, teacher, coach, mentor, community leader, religious leader, family friend, a parent or close relative. Individuals who are on the assessment panel cannot act as referees.
  • Submissions must be received by midnight Monday19 April 2021.
  • A panel appointed by Hume City Council will receive and judge all nominations. The assessment panel’s decision is final.
  • The award will distribute a total pool of $ 5,000 across two categories, based on the strength of the applications.
  • The Leading from the Front Achievement Award will allocate $3,000 and the Gaining Ground Encouragement Award $2000 to the selected applicants.
  • Hume City Council will announce the Corporal Cameron Baird VC MG Memorial Award winners at the ceremony on Wednesday 9 June 2021. All nominees are required to attend the ceremony.
  • The award money must be used within 12 months and cannot be used for past expenses. 
  • Recipients of the Award will be required to work with Council to use the award money appropriately.

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