Cockburn’s Active Australia Day Citizens for 2018
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) 2 Winners in 2018
- The Senior Community Citizen of the Year (for individuals over 25 years)
- The Active Citizenship Award (for community groups).
The Community Citizen of the Year
In 2015, the remains of an Australian Women’s Army Service Camp, operational during World War 2, was discovered at Beeliar Regional Park in Bibra Lake. Christine, who is the President of the Bibra Lake Residents Association, has worked tirelessly in researching the site and it’s history. Her work has uncovered many facts, stories and photographs of the camp.
Christine is very committed to preserving the camp site and educating the community about it’s history. Thanks to her work, the campsite is now listed as a heritage site, saving it from destruction where the Roe Highway extension was due to go through.
Christine continues with her work on the site and plans to develop the site for visitors and make information available online.
Senior Community Citizen of the Year 2018
Norm is the President of Friends of the Community, a not-for-profit organisation that focuses on raising money by selling food at events and returning the profits to local community projects.
Norm volunteers many days each week running and growing the organisation, attending to office and administration duties, taking bookings, maintaining equipment as well as mentoring and supporting other volunteers.
Norm is passionate about the community and is always willing to assist. He brings the community together by building relationships with other groups, local producers and suppliers and bringing them all together and is the first person to look for solutions and funding options to make it all work.
Young Community Citizen of the Year 2018
Lisa is a well respected role model to many of her peers in the community and has applied for a cadetship with the WA Police Force.
Lisa is also a valued team member at Snap Fitness while she is completing her Certificate 3 in Sport and Recreation.
Lisa has been supporting and mentoring women’s football team members competing in the Kirby Bentley Cup and also umpires and coaches in netball.
Lisa also helps out at the Cockburn Youth Centre with camps and recreational activities.
Young Community Citizen of the Year 2018
Following his participation in Emmanuel College’s Immersion Program to Warmun in the East Kimberley, Joe was inspired to set up his own charitable collection called “Boots for Boys”, a collaboration between Joe, Emmanuel College, St Jeromes and Mater Christi and the greater Cockburn football community to collect, clean and pack over 100 football boots to send to Indigenous communities in Newman and the Western Desert areas.
Joe did all of this while completing his year 12 ATAR and hopes to continue developing this project in the coming years.
Joe started his community work on a small scale by helping an indigenous foster child play guitar, but felt a need to help the wider community, particularly indigenous Australians.
Active Citizenship Award 2018
Cockburn Community Wildlife Corridor Group
This group has recently been involved with 20 community stakeholders, representing 2500 group members to create an interactive map.
The stakeholders included environmental groups, resident associations, cultural, sporting and children’s groups. This project has strengthened the connections between the groups and has built new community networks.
A large number of residents were invited to be a part of this project to share what they liked about the area and create a vision of what they would like to see happening in this space.
The result was an online interactive map using drone footage and high quality photography giving a virtual tour of the corridor. This map is an asset to not only the local community but those who wish to know more about this area.
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.
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.
Please note that the City usually receives the Nomination Form from Australia Day WA in October and it will be made available on this page. Visit the Australia Day WA website to find out more about these awards.