Image: Winner of Sustainability Category at the 2021 Melbourne Awards, Great Wrap. Image courtesy of City of Melbourne

Nominations have opened for the 2022 Melbourne Awards, which recognise individuals and organisations who have made positive contributions to the local community.

Now in its 20th year, the Melbourne Awards are the City of Melbourne’s highest accolade, celebrating the inspirational Melburnians who dedicate their time and energy to making the city a world leader.

In the 2022 awards, eight key areas have been identified to reflect the way in which programs and organisations contribute to Melbourne as a thriving, forward-thinking capital city.

The eight categories are: 

  • Community – celebrating projects and activities that enhance the wellbeing of residents
  • Knowledge and Innovation – recognising bold ideas that shape the city’s future
  • Arts and Events – highlighting work to build Melbourne’s reputation as Australia’s cultural capital
  • Urban Design – showcasing projects and organisations that are shaping the city’s skyline
  • Hospitality – acknowledging the restaurants, bars and hospitality venues creating unforgettable experiences 
  • Sustainability – focusing on positive contributions to the environment and initiatives that educate, connect and inspire others
  • Aboriginal Melbourne – Ganbu Guljin, which means ‘one mob’ in the Woi Wurrung language  – promoting work that improves cultural understanding and supports the Aboriginal community
  • LGBTIQ+ – shining a light on efforts to support and promote diversity, social connection and participation

City of Melbourne Lord Mayor, Sally Capp, said this year’s Melbourne Awards will mark 20 years of celebrating locals shaping the city for the better. 

“The Melbourne Awards are our city’s highest accolade, recognising the talented Melburnians who make extraordinary contributions to our community,” Mayor Capp said.

“Over the past two decades, we’ve been shining a light on the incredible work of so many Victorians who have gone above and beyond to drive innovation, create inclusive communities, ignite our creative sector and share ideas about the future of our city. 

“Our people make our city the great place that it is, and we want to showcase their efforts. If you know an inspirational Melburnian, nominate their work for a Melbourne Award.” 

Previous Melbourne Award winners include the creators of compostable cling wrap, the developers of an app to support health care workers, and a program supporting Aboriginal art in prison. 

Applications for the 2022 Melbourne Awards are open from 2 May to 30 June. For more information or to nominate someone, visit the Melbourne Awards website

Winners will be announced at the Melbourne Awards ceremony in November as part of a special televised broadcast on Channel 9.

Image: Winner of Sustainability Category at the 2021 Melbourne Awards, Great Wrap. Image courtesy of City of Melbourne.

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