Cockburn's Active Australia Day Citizen’s Award

Cockburn’s Active Australia Day Citizens for 2017

The City of Cockburn welcomed four new recipients to its coveted list of Australia Day Active Citizen Award winners.
These contributions can come in many forms and the awards recognise ordinary people who make an extraordinary difference to our community and foster Australian pride and spirit through active citizenship.

The annual Community Citizen of the Year Awards are divided into four categories:

  • The Community Citizen of the Year
  • The Young Community Citizen of the Year (for individuals under 25 years)
  • The Senior Community Citizen of the Year (for individuals over 25 years)
  • The Active Citizenship Award (for community groups).

2017 winners

Senior Community Citizen of the Year 2017

Alan Stewart
Alan is a long-time member of the Harvest Lakes Residents Association and has played a very important role in ensuring that the group has been able to continue to operate by offering his services, support and advice.  He has volunteered with great enthusiasm to support the aims and aspirations of the Association but more importantly, he is always available with willing hands at events and associated activities.  Alan’s efforts have helped the group become one of the strongest residents associations in Cockburn.

Alan is also a strong Cockburn Probus Club member and has served in a variety of roles including president, secretary and outings officer.  By taking on all these roles, he has helped to safeguard the longevity of the club.

Young Community Citizen of the Year 2017

Ben Gilbert
At 18, Ben may be one of the younger members at St. John Ambulance (WA) Event Health Services, but his impact on the local division and the community has been extraordinary.  Ben has shown a strong passion and keen interest in providing first aid in the community as a Volunteer First Aider.  Ben contributed over 350 hours of community Service in 2016 alone.

Ben takes every opportunity to advance his skills and abilities, undertaking clinical training and attending mass casualty exercises along with regular first aid training. Ben also participates in the First Aid Awareness Program which promotes first aid to school children, local community groups and the general public through interactive displays and demonstrations. He is well respected by his peers and has earned himself a strong reputation as being a reliable and capable volunteer at St. John’s Ambulance. He is well placed to follow his passion and build a career within the healthcare sector.

Senior Community Citizen of the Year 2017

Bill Nuttall
Bill has been volunteering at the Jean Willis centre for 12 years.  He has been described as a wonderful team member and an inspiration to all.  He brings with him a breath of fresh air, a warm smile and a big heart. He participates in all activities and brings ideas to improve the activities and flow of the centre. He always has a kind word for everyone and is interested in everything.  Bill can be seen assisting clients on and off buses, supporting fellow volunteers, serving up meals, joining in daily activities and entertaining others with his stories.

Bill has also been volunteering for the last 10 years with Friends of the Community and can be found assisting at many functions, sport days and community events. His positive attitude spreads joy and smiles wherever he goes and deserves recognition.

Active Citizenship Award

Coolbellup Community Association
The Coolbellup Community Association (CCA) is a local residents group that is passionate about their suburb and they are passionate about making Coolbellup even better. The group is committed to working together to make a difference. Their enthusiasm, along with the warm and welcoming character of the group, has seen it continue to grow in membership.

As well as organising the Coolbellup Community Market, the association has been involved in a film night, engaging with young people at the Skate Park Pizza event and caring for the environment through planting days, busy bees and supporting the retention of trees where possible. The CCA has also been involved in identifying changes needed at the Cooby Hub. Members participate in the monthly Fruit and Veggies Swap which contributes to the free verge food project. They are now working on a community mural to give the area a facelift.

Who is eligible to nominate for an Community Citizen Award?

Please note the following guidelines when nominating a Community Citizen:

  • 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 person may receive an award on more than one occasion in recognition of particularly outstanding community contribution or involvement in an alternative initiative
  • Unsuccessful nominees may be nominated in future years
  • 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
  • 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.

Nominate a community citizen

To nominate someone please complete the form provided.  Please note that the City usually receives this form in October and will be made available on this page.

More information and contact

Please contact the City about the Community Citizen and Active Citizenship Awards on 08 9411 3444 or at

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