Each year on Australia Day, the awards acknowledge leading citizens who are role models and who inspire us with their achievements, and challenge us to make our own contribution to creating a better community. The recipients will be selected from people and groups who have made a noteworthy contribution during the current year or given outstanding service to the community over a number of years. The awards are presented at the City's Australia Day Awards and Citizenship Ceremony on 26 January.
There are four categories in which to nominate:
- Community Citizen of the Year (over 16 years)
- Community Citizen of the Year - Youth (individuals under 25 years)
- Community Citizen of the Year - Senior (individuals over 65 years)
- The Active Citizenship Award (community group or event).
Please note the following guidelines when nominating a Community Citizen:
- A person or group must first be nominated to be considered for the Awards
- Nominees should live or work primarily within the City of Cockburn
- Groups of people or couples will not normally be eligible except when meeting the criteria for a community group
- A couple may be recognised in an individual category
- A person may receive an award on more than one occasion in recognition of particularly outstanding community contribution or involvement in an alternative initiative
- Awards may be granted posthumously in recognition of recent achievements
- Self nominations are not accepted
- Individuals must be at least 16 years of age on 26 January, though younger nominees may be considered for exceptional contribution
- Unsuccessful nominees may be nominated in future years
- Nominations must be apolitical in their nature and should not in any way bring the awards program or local government area into disrepute
- Sitting members of State, Federal and Local Government are not eligible.
Community Citizen selection criteria
Winners are judged to have shown active citizenship and:
- Significant contribution to the local community
- Demonstrated leadership on a community issue resulting in the enhancement of community life
- Contributed to a significant initiative which has brought about positive change and added value to community life
- Inspiring qualities as a role model for the community.
Nominations for the 2023 awards are open now until 31 October 2022.
For more information about the awards and to make a nomination, visit the official Community Citizen of the Year Awards website opens in a new window
Community Citizen of the Year 2022 (Joint Winner)
Maggie Zentner is the President of local residents’ group, Yangebup Progress Association and the coordinator of the central ward Neighbourhood Watch Association. Maggie is also an active volunteer at the Yangebup Family Centre, Cooby Cares, The Lions Club, St John of God Murdoch, and helps her fellow residents by organising a regular collection of recyclables that she delivers to the City of Cockburn office.
Maggie is a volunteer chef for the Cultural Cooking program at the Yangebup Family Centre, and regularly collects unsold bread from a local bakery for those in need.
As President of the Yangebup Progress Association Maggie helps to ensure that local residents have a voice. Recently Maggie helped to secure funding to upgrade local play areas and has been at the forefront of free and accessible events in her community.
Community Citizen of the Year 2022 (Joint Winner)
Matt Willson has been an active volunteer in Cockburn since 2017 and continues to help several local organisations.
Mental Health has played a vital role in Matt’s volunteering journey – using his own experiences and research to implement programs and support others across business, schools and the wider community. He began as a coordinator with Perth Meditation, then became an active Beeliar Community Voice committee members. From 2019 he managed Beeliar Seniors Social Club, and became an active member of Neighbourhood Watch Cockburn in 2020.
Matt adopted a volunteer leadership role with Mental Health at Raytheon Technologies and became chairperson of the Black Dog on a Lead charity.
During 2021, he volunteered at Neighbourhood Watch WA to facilitate strategy design and was invited to join the South Coogee Primary School Mental Health Group as a Mental Health advisor.
Community Citizen of the Year 2022 - Youth
Jackson Bormann-Potter has worked hard to be a positive example to other young people in his community, helping peers feel accepted and welcome at events and programs, including activities at Cockburn Youth Centre (CYC).
Jackson has been able to help young adults overcoming the challenges of learning disability or social anxiety by creating a space where they are respected, valued and safe. He has attended a number of programs and contributed as an active member, both before, after and during events and programs held at CYC.
His contribution allows the Centre’s youth programs to continue to be accessible and welcoming to young members of the Cockburn community.
Community Citizen of the Year 2022 - Senior
Richard Pradella is a respected, inspiring and valued volunteer at the City of Cockburn Seniors Centre.
He helps set up and pack down seniors’ events, escorts and assists members on various outings, and helps hang artwork at the Centre, adding to its vibrancy. Richard is known by all as the first to put his hand up to help members, staff and other volunteers at the Centre where he is renowned for his patience and kindness.
His dedication to the Centre and its members means he often rearranges his own commitments to accommodate others.
Active Citizenship Award 2022 - Group or Event
Cockburn Masters Swimming Club
Cockburn Masters Swimming Club is a not-for-profit association with around 100 members, which promotes swimming in the community as a healthy activity regardless of age or ability.
The Club organises the annual Coogee Jetty to Jetty Swim at Coogee Beach, offering a range of swimming races between the two jetties at Coogee Beach. The club's dedicated group of volunteers work on this event most of the year and it has become the largest swim event in WA organised entirely by volunteers, with over 1,000 swimmers annually.
The 2021 event helped encourage people to get active outdoors after COVID restrictions in 2020. The 25th anniversary event this year scheduled to be held on 13 March was unfortunately cancelled given the need to comply with COVID restrictions. We look forward to the event returning again next year.
To find out more, visit the Auspire Australia Day Council of WA website opens in a new window