The Australia Day Ambassadors named 

The Ambassadors for Cooma-Monaro Shire's 2014 Australia Day celebrations have been named - and one of them is prominent local man Wally Mills.

2013 women of the year finalist Dr Eman Sharobeem, from Smithfield, will travel to Cooma as the Ambassador and speak at the celebrations.

Egyptian-born, Dr Sharobeem dedicates her life to ensuring that women everywhere can live by her words.

She has also worked with numerous agencies internationally including the United Nations. Her colleagues hold her in the highest esteem, and she has been recognised many times for her outstanding contributions to women's rights. She is co-author of two books - 'HIV/AIDS, the Arabic Community Educators Manual' and 'Fairfield Community Cookbook'.

The local Ambassador will be Wally Mills, which is fitting for next year's theme, 'Our engineering heritage'.

Mr Mills was an engineer on the the Snowy Hydro Electric Scheme and is the president of the Snowy Scheme Association.

In 2010, Mr Mills received an Award of Merit from Engineering Heritage Australia for "recognition of significant contribution to the conservation of engineering heritage". He was presented with the award for his efforts in the conservation of the rock bolting development site in Lambie Gorge.

Nominations for local citizen of the year awards are still open. There are awards for citizen of the year, young citizen of the year, community event of the year, sportsperson of the year, young sportsperson of the year, community group of the year and artist of the year.

Nominations forms are available online, at the visitors centre, at council or at the library and are due by 5pm Friday.

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