The Port Macquarie Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Jackson family, will again honour the memory and contributions of the late Wayne Jackson at the 2021 Coastline Credit Union Greater Port Macquarie Business Awards gala dinner.
In recognition of his contributions to the local community, nominations are now open for the annual Wayne Jackson Outstanding Community Service Award.
The winner will be presented on Saturday, July 31 at the gala dinner for the 2021 Coastline Credit Union Greater Port Macquarie Business Awards.
In 2019, Ironman organising committee chair Mike Reid took out the inaugural award in Wayne's honour.
Wayne was a valued Port Chamber Board member, had previously been involved with organising and planning the annual Business Awards events and served as treasurer for several years, until his passing in June 2018.
Wayne worked in the banking industry locally since 1995 and was well known and respected within the business community.
Wayne's involvement in sport saw him volunteer with the Wauchope Soccer Club, as well as the Wauchope Blues Rugby League Club, where he historically served as a committee member, club treasurer, first aid officer and coach of both senior and junior teams. He was also an Ironman competitor and volunteer.
"To me, Wayne was a very special man. He wasn't only an Ironman. He was a community man, a family man, and a really special man to us," Mr Reid said as the award's first recipient.
Mike and Wayne had known each other for almost 20 years with Wayne the couple's bank manager before becoming a friend and then Ironman sounding board.
"It is (the award) the most special thing I have ever got in my life."
Wayne was also regularly involved with charitable projects including Relay for Life, the 'Him in Heels' walk, Business House relays, as well as many other community events.
A founding member of the annual Business Awards, Wayne was crucial in providing support through sponsorship and volunteering.
The chamber instigated the award in Wayne's honour after he was tragically killed when knocked from his bike in June 2018.
Nominators are required to submit an entry for their candidate which have to meet the award criteria through demonstration of their candidate's commitment to the Port Macquarie-Hastings community.
Entries close at midnight on Sunday, July 18, 2021.
Entries for the 2021 Greater Port Macquarie Business Awards are also open.