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Australia Day Awards

Australia Day Awards

Our annual Australia Day Awards recognise the outstanding service of residents who have made a valuable contribution to our community.

Nominate for the 2020 awards

Our Australia Day Awards provide an opportunity to acknowledge and celebration the contributions made by our community.

Anyone can nominate someone they believe deserves recognition for their valuable and selfless service to the community.

There are four award categories:

Citizen of the Year

A person who has made a noteworthy contribution during the current year, and/or given outstanding service to the local community over a number of years. Nominees must:

        • be over 25 years of age on 26 January 2020
        • be an Australian citizen
        • reside, work or study in the City of Whittlesea

Access and Inclusion Citizen of the Year

A person who has made a noteworthy contribution during the current year and/or given outstanding service to the local community over a number of years by including others whose access to participation is restricted due to physical, social or other challenges. Nominees must:

      • be an Australian citizen
      • reside, work or study in the City of Whittlesea

Senior Citizen of the Year

A person who has made an outstanding contribution to the quality of life of citizens of that age group. Nominees must:

      • be an Australian citizen
      • be over the age of 60 years on 26 January 2020
      • reside within the City of Whittlesea

Young Citizen of the Year

A person who has made a noteworthy contribution during the current year and/or given outstanding service to the local community over a number of years. Nominees must:

      • 25 years of age or under as at 26 January 2020
      • be an Australian citizen
      • reside, work or study in the City of Whittlesea

You can fill out an online form, download the form and email to info@whittlesea.vic.gov.au, drop it in to our offices at 25 Ferres Boulevard or post to City of Whittlesea Australia Day Committee, Locked Bag 1, Bundoora MDC 3083.

If you need assistance filling out the forms, call us on 9217 2170 or email us.

Join the Australia Day Awards Committee

Expressions of Interest are open for residents to join the Australia Day Awards Committee.

The voluntary role involves helping to decide the recipients of the awards, raising the profile of the awards and hosting nominees at the award recognition function.

We are seeking three community representatives for a two year term, expiring February 2021.

Applications close 13 June 2019.

Email you application to civic.administration@whittlesea.vic.gov.au

Enquiries to 9217 2294

2019 Australia Day recipients

We announced the recipients of the 2019 Australia Day Awards at our annual celebrations on Saturday 26 January.

Citizen of the Year - Gillian Borrack

Gillian has led the process of achieving museum accreditation for Ziebell's Farmhouse and Garden from Museums Australia Victoria in 2018. This achievement was the result of the far-sightedness and tireless efforts of Gillian. She spent ten years focussing on achieving this goal. She has also been responsible for the development of the following policies: ‘Volunteers’, ‘Collection’, ‘Maintenance and Donations’ and has been involved in the rewriting of the FOW Constitution. Gillian has also been the backbone of the Friends of Westgarthtown Executive for all twenty-four years of its existence, having served as a secretary and a treasurer during that time.  Aside from that, her dedication to the community goes back more than forty years. She has also developed and run a number of events which includes Descendants' Days, Council's Annual Cultural Heritage Program events and Germanfest.

Access and Inclusion Citizen of the Year – Joshua Beare

Joshua has made significant contributions to the students and staff of The Lakes Primary School by going beyond his official role as a staff member. Josh has assisted students from different cultural backgrounds who have struggled to behave appropriately inside and outside of the classroom and those who have become disengaged with attending school. Joshua has acted as a positive male role model through working with the students to improve their behaviour and to improve their engagement and interest in learning. Joshua is also involved in providing students with a number of opportunities outside of the standard curriculum including camps, gender specific sport programs and aquatic education programs.

Senior Citizen of the Year – Brian Crowley

Brian has contributed to his local community through sharing his passion for model aircrafts with others. As a member of the Model Aircraft Club, Brian has been teaching students for more than a decade regarding the art of building model aeroplanes. Brian has ensured that his passion is something that is accessible for all, teaching people of all abilities the art of building a model aircraft. Brian also dedicates his own time and resources to ensuring it is an activity which can truly be enjoyed by all. His efforts in this area have not gone unnoticed as he has been featured in the local Leader newspaper.

Young Citizen of the Year – Liam Gallagher

Liam has volunteered with the Epping CFA since 2016. Liam's contributions to the CFA have been well acknowledged with Liam winning Epping CFA Firefighter of the Year in 2018, The Peter Hewett Community Awareness award and the Captain Cliff Smith Memorial Award. Liam is on call to attend situations that most could not imagine. He is also heavily involved in the fundraising activities of the CFA such as the Epping CFA Santa Run and the Royal Children's Hospital Appeal. Liam is also the Communications Coordinator for the Epping CFA. In December 2018 he was a part of a contingent of Victorian CFA volunteers deployed to Queensland to provide assistance.