Celebrating our extraordinary Melburnians

22 May 2023

Entries are now open for the City of Melbourne’s prestigious Melbourne Awards.

For more than 20 years, we have celebrated inspirational individuals and organisations who have made a positive and valuable contribution to our city through the Melbourne Awards.

Each year, we are humbled by the extraordinary people and organisations that go above and beyond to make Melbourne such a sustainable, innovative and inclusive city in which to live, work and visit.

This year, we are looking to add more Melburnians to the honour roll.

Lord Mayor Sally Capp said the Melbourne Awards showcase some of the most driven and compassionate people in our city.

“Melbourne is full of innovators and creative minds, who are leading the charge to shape our city for the better,” the Lord Mayor said.

“Our Melbourne Awards shine a light on the extraordinary work of those who are going above and beyond in their field – improving community wellbeing, driving innovation and creating a more sustainable city.”

This year, organisations will be recognised in eight key areas: Community, Sustainability, Aboriginal Melbourne – ganbu guljin, Arts and Events, Knowledge and Innovation, City Design, LGBTIQA+, and a new category – Access and Inclusion – has been added this year, recognising the great work to make Melbourne more inclusive and accessible for everyone to enjoy.  

Alongside the awards, entries for the Melburnian of the Year are now open and, for the first time, a Young Melburnian of the Year will also be crowned.   
Among last year’s winners were Reground, a social enterprise embedded in the circular economy, and Kensington Neighbourhood House, for providing a place where people of all abilities, backgrounds and ages can participate. 
Kuku Yalanji woman Antoinette Braybrook (pictured above) was named as the top Melburnian for her work advocating to give a voice to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who have experienced family violence.   
Entries are open until 23 June. Apply now.  

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