The awards profile 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 each year.
There are four categories in which to nominate:
- The Community Citizen of the Year
- Community Citizen of the Year - Youth (for individuals under 25 years)
- Community Citizen of the Year - Senior (for individuals over 65 years)
- The Active Citizenship Award (for community group or event).
Please note the following guidelines when nominating a Community Citizen:
- A person must first be nominated to be considered for the Awards
- The person must live or work primarily within the City of Cockburn
- Awards may be granted posthumously in recognition of recent achievements
- 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
- 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 2021 awards have now closed. Award winners were announced at the City's Citizenship Ceremony on Tuesday, 26 January 2021. Nominations for the 2022 awards will open on 1 September 2021.
For more information about the awards, visit the official Community Citizen of the Year Awards website opens in a new window
Community Citizen of the Year 2021 (Joint Winners)
Dan Robinson and Louise Keep
Dan and Louise are the husband and wife team instrumental to the development and launch of the 'XLR8 Motocross program'. As the President of the Coastal Motorcycling Club and the club’s First Lady, the couple’s countless hours of voluntary work have given young people an opportunity to become involved in motorsport legally and safely, and to gain a sense of community support and belonging.
The 'XLR8 Motocross program' was officially launched in November 2020. The program sees the Coastal Motorcycle Club, City of Cockburn youth workers and WAPOL Youth Policing working together to engage local 'at risk' young people as a reward for positive community behaviours and increased school attendance.
Requiring significant resourcing, the 'XLR8 Motocross program' could not have commenced and could not continue without Dan and Louise’s tireless and ongoing work.
Community Citizen of the Year 2021 - Youth
Layne is a nineteen year old marketing student, blogger, sportsperson and disability advocate who is passionate about the enhancement of community life. Layne lives with cerebral palsy but doesn’t let this stop her from chasing her goals in life. She blogs regularly on her own website as well as social media pages about her life with cerebral palsy, issues within the disability community and stories of para-athletics achievements.
Layne is currently completing a traineeship in communications and marketing with the Perth Festival, and sits on many committees including the Cockburn Youth Advisory Collective, the Youth Disability Advocacy Network and Cerebral Palsy - Achieve.
Layne has been involved in athletics since 2016, has broken under-18s and under-20s Australian records in the sport of seated throws, and has twice represented Western Australia at a national level. She hopes to one day represent Australia at the Paralympic Games.
Community Citizen of the Year 2021 - Senior
Jean has been an active supporter of the homeless and less fortunate in Cockburn for many years and has become well known as "Jean Genie" for her achievements and dedicated commitment.
Jean collects and donates food, clothing and essential items to various charitable organisations and also volunteers her time to distribute these items directly to those in need.
Despite being diagnosed with a rare type of cancer in 2020, Jean continued this work while undergoing chemotherapy treatment, even collecting beanies and wool for the St John of God cancer unit where she was receiving treatment.
Jean is also involved with Native Arc by collecting and donating towels, blankets and knitted jackets for native animals in care.
Active Citizenship Award - Group or Event
Cockburn Chinese Community Association
The Cockburn Chinese Community Association formed in 2018 to foster relationships and social cohesion between the Chinese and broader community in Cockburn.
The Association connects the Chinese community with services in Cockburn, and promotes community involvement by organising events, training and workshops.
The Association regularly hosts events and activities for new migrants to help the local Chinese community adapt to life and culture in Australia.
During COVID-19 restrictions in WA, the CCCA has sourced and donated face masks when most in need, and has performed an important communication role to assist the local Chinese community remain informed, safe and supported.
To find out more, visit the Auspire Australia Day Council of WA website opens in a new window