Australia Day Awards

Mitcham Council presents Australia Day Awards each year. Awards are presented to acknowledge achievements by individuals or groups living and/or working in Mitcham who have made outstanding contributions to the community.

The Awards provide unique recognition for some of the outstanding work of residents and are part of the Council's commitment to strengthening community participation within the City.

The Australia Day Awards are sponsored by the Australia Day Council of South Australia and are administered by Local Government Authorities throughout South Australia on behalf of the Council. The Award ceremony takes place on Australia Day.

Nominations are accepted in three categories as detailed below and close on Friday 17 November 2017.

Citizen and Young Citizen of the Year

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Sponsored by the Australia Day Council of South Australian Citizen of the Year is awarded to persons over 30 years who have made a noteworthy contribution during the current year and/or given outstanding service to the local community over a number of years.

The Young Citizen of the Year is awarded to persons under 30 years who have made a noteworthy contribution during the current year and/or given outstanding service to the local community over a number of years.

Event of the Year

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Sponsored by the Australia Day Council of South Australia and awarded to the community event which made a noteworthy contribution during the current year and/or outstanding service to the local community over a number of years.

Judging Panel

The Awards are to be determined by a judging panel which may consist of Elected Members and representatives of the community. 

Australia Day Awards 2017  

Mitcham residents joined together for Australia Day with an ‘Aussie BBQ’, citizenship and awards presentation attended by the Australia Day Ambassador Deane Hutton at the beautiful grounds of Carrick Hill. 

Australia Day Awards were presented to individuals who have made significant contributions to our local area. 

Australia Day Citizen of the Year Award 

The Australia Day Citizen of the Year Award was presented to joint winners Rhys Roberts and Rosemary Fisher for their contributions to the local community. 

Rhys Roberts Rhys Roberts

Rhys, who over the past 32 years has contributed distinguished humanitarian service of the highest order to the community through Lions Clubs International, was recognised for his significant contributions. He has served as Manager for the Lions Club Bargain Centre for nine years and as a consequence of his tenure of leadership, weekly proceeds grew from $800 to $3,000 per week. Every cent raised from this Lions fund raising venture is invested into the local, national and international community. 

Rhys also served his Lions District as Zone Chairman and Region Chairman and was elected as District Governor [Chief Executive] of the Lions District 201C2 in 2013/2014. 

He is Trustee of the Lions Medical Research Foundation Inc and its Secretary for ten years and is now Vice President of the Foundation. 

Rhys currently serves in the bi Districts [C1 and C2] Lions Skin Cancer Mobile Screening Unit Working Committee an adjunct committee to the Lions Medical Research Foundation. When commissioned, the Mobile Skin Cancer Screening Unit will provide free skin cancer screenings for the general public throughout South Australia and Northern Territory. 

Rhys was the inaugural Chairman of the Adelaide Hills Combined Community Clubs and Chairman of the Mitcham Hills Lions Christmas Pageant. 

Furthermore, he is Vice President of the Blackwood Community Recreation Centre and Chairman of the Blackwood & District Memorial Hall Inc. 

Rosemary Fisher Rosemary Fisher

Rosemary Fisher has been a volunteer at Meals on Wheels Mitcham for 18 Years. 

During this time she has assisted in the kitchen preparing meals and has also been a regular driver/deliverer on Mondays. 

As the Volunteer Co-ordinator Rosemary allocates volunteer drivers and deliverers on a daily basis to each of the six routes in the Mitcham Council Boundary. This often requires many phone calls and re-shuffling of rosters to ensure there are sufficient drivers and deliverers on any given day. 

Rosemary maintains the roster with the greatest of care and always acknowledges the efforts of the volunteers. Rosemary also oversees the Transport Officers who are responsible for signing out re-imbursements to drivers. 

The Mitcham branch of Meals on Wheels supplies around 150 hot three-course midday meals to the elderly, disabled and those who are unable to provide or shop for themselves. These meals are cooked and delivered by volunteers that Rosemary oversees from Monday to Friday. 

Special Commendation – Betty Cobaic Betty Cobiac

Betty has been a dedicated volunteer at Council’s Mitcham Heritage Research Centre since 1995. 

Betty has contributed an enormous amount to the City of Mitcham’s Local History Service. 

She is an excellent researcher and a tireless worker who willingly takes on any task asked of her. Betty has also initiated many excellent local history projects. 

Australia Day Young Citizen of the Year Award 

Danika Pederzolli 

The Young Citizen of the Year Award was presented to Danika Pederzolli for her contributions to the local community through involvement with the Mitcham Colonel Light Gardens Cadet Division of St John Ambulance. 

Danika Pederzolli

Danika became a superintendent early in 2016 at just 20 years old and through her leadership and hundreds of hours of volunteering has inspired many to join the group. 

For more information about the Australia Day Awards contact 8372 8805 or email mitchamevents@mitchamcouncil.sa.gov.au

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