Nominations open for Yellow Pages cover star

THE SEARCH is on for a Gold Coaster to feature on the cover of next year’s Yellow Pages and White Pages directory.

Every year the directories showcase high achieving locals on the cover.

Nerang locals Ian & Sherene Gibson were on the 2013/14 cover, honoured for their efforts in growing Gold Coast Recreation and Sport  member numbers. The group helped their intellectually disabled kids become more socially active


The theme for next year’s book is Australian Stars Rising Above, and will celebrate up-and-coming Gold Coasters who are making positive changes in their community.

They could be young entrepreneurs championing a new idea, people achieving big things beyond their years, mentors supporting local talent or young people who are an inspiration to their peers.

White Pages® Product Manager Sarah Simpson said locals actively committed to improving their town are examples of the type of people who could be nominated.

“Sensis is looking to highlight Gold Coast’s rising stars. There’s been a lot of talk about Gen Y and Z shying away from responsibility, but we’ve found younger generations are realising volunteering isn’t just for the retired, they are giving back to their communities and using their influence to help others just as much as the generations before them,” Ms Simpson said.

“We’re calling on the Gold Coast community to nominate a worthy local who epitomises what the Community Project is all about, someone who is working hard to make positive changes and create brighter futures for locals.”

The nominated Community Star/s must have contributed to their community in one of the following ways:
• They give back in innovative ways – whether it’s through a sustainable product, giving part of the proceeds of their business back to the community or their business is completely oriented to helping their community thrive
• They are recognised locally for offering advice and support to people in their community, including mentoring another person to help them achieve a goal or creating employment opportunities
• They are using their business stature to enact positive change in their local community
• They have created tools/resources to assist others in pursuing greatness
• They regularly donate their time to help others
• Initiated programs/activities to help the community

Nominations close on 24 October 2014. Shortlisted nominees will be contacted by Sensis or its agency. The Community Star will be selected by a panel of judges.

People can nominate their local hero here.