Nominations now open for Natalie Burton Memorial Award 21 September

Do you know a local high school student in the Hawkesbury who has shown great strength by overcoming adversity? Why not nominate them for the 2020 Natalie Burton Memorial Award?

Hawkesbury City Council is calling for nominations for the annual Natalie Burton Memorial Award on behalf of the Burton, Turner and Lawrance families. Residents are encouraged to nominate any high school student from the Hawkesbury area, whom they feel is a worthy recipient. The recipient will be awarded with the prestigious Natalie Burton Memorial Award trophy and $200 prize money.

Natalie Burton was a remarkable individual who died from cancer in March 2003 at the age of 32. Natalie was herself an exceptional student who accomplished a great deal during her life. This Award aims to see Natalie’s life and her extraordinary achievements inspire local students to overcome adversity in their own lives to still achieve.

According to Natalie Burton’s mother, Elizabeth Turner, the award is intended for a recipient who has faced a challenging circumstance and, despite this adversity, has still succeeded through their personal application and determination.

“This could be a disability, illness or a serious accident, the loss of a family member or other situations that sometimes present in life,” Ms Turner said.

The award is open to male or female students and is not restricted to academic achievement; it may take the form of community, sporting or general achievements and improvements.

Nominations will close on Friday, 23 October 2020. Online nomination forms are available at

Nominations need to be completed and submitted online.

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