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The TrustPower Ashburton District Community Awards is now in its twelfth year. Last year 47 entries for the Community Awards were received.

The TrustPower Ashburton District Community Awards, run in partnership with the Ashburton District Council, recognise and reward voluntary groups and organisations for the outstanding contribution they make to their community. 

The TrustPower Ashburton District Community Awards is now in its twelfth year. Last year 47 entries for the Community Awards were received. 

TrustPower Community Relations Representative Jess Somerville believes there are still many groups providing services, activities, support and events in the community and often they are not recognised for the invaluable work they do. 

“The value of volunteering is immense and irreplaceable. One of the best ways to demonstrate the importance of volunteering to the Ashburton community is to ensure these volunteers' contributions are recognised, valued and accounted for. Entering a group for the Community awards will take just two minutes of your time but it will ensure they get the recognition they deserve,” says Miss Somerville. 

Anyone can enter a group or organisation for the TrustPower Ashburton District Community Awards – voluntary groups and organisations can even enter themselves. But act now because entries close on Friday 19 April. 

The Awards cover five categories; Heritage and Environment, Health and Wellbeing, Arts and Culture, Sport and Leisure, and Educational and Child/Youth Development. The category winners receive $500 and runners up take home $250. The Overall Winner receives $1,500 and the opportunity to attend, at no cost, the National Community Awards. Last year’s Supreme Winner was the Ashburton Aviation Museum. 

Entry Forms for the TrustPower Community Awards are available from the Council offices or service centre, they can be completed online by clicking here, or you can call Community Relations on 0800 87 11 11. 

The regional TrustPower Ashburton District Community Awards will be presented at a function at the MSA on Tuesday 11 June.