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. Please click on the award name to obtain a nomination form and guidelines.
Nominations must be received at the City of Mitcham Civic Centre by no later than 5 pm on Friday 15 November 2013.
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.
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.
The Awards are to be determined by a judging panel which may consist of Elected Members and representatives of the community.
Australia Day Awards 2013
Mitcham residents celebrated Australia Day with an ‘Aussie BBQ’, citizenship and awards presentation at the beautiful grounds of Carrick Hill.
Crowds enjoyed a citizenship and awards ceremony as well as live music from Sitara and the Mitcham City Brass Band.
This year, 80 people become Australian citizens during a citizenship ceremony officiated by Mayor, Michael Picton.
Council presented Australia Day Awards and Awards of Excellence to individuals who have made significant contributions to our local area.
Australia Day Citizen of the Year
The Australia Day Citizen of the Year Award was presented jointly to Mr Peter Collins and Mr John Wilson for their contributions to the Brownhill and Keswick Creek Stormwater Management Project.
Peter and John, retired engineers, have as members of the community, evaluated reports prepared to address floodwater issues in the Brownhill and Keswick Creeks.
They have used their engineering experience and expertise to provide information which has assisted the project to develop more accurate and detailed reports.
Australia Day Young Citizen of the Year
Amy Park was presented with the Australia Day Young Citizen of the Year Award. Amy has recently completed Year 12 at Unley High School receiving a Governor of South Australia commendation. Amy has received awards at her school for outstanding academic and sporting achievements. Amy demonstrated extensive leadership qualities in her contributions to programs such as the Gay-Straight Alliance, the Oaktree Foundation in support of poverty, The Red Cross Blood Service and National Reconciliation Week.
Australia Day Community Event of the Year
The Edwardstown Primary School Strawberry Fair received the Australia Day Community Event of the Year Award. The fair has been running for 30 years and is a major fundraiser for school facilities and programs such as the Activity Hall.
The planning involved students, parents and staff from within Edwardstown Primary School along with former staff. The event features the Strawberry Trail Bag, stalls, plants and food, entertainment, rides, a jumping castle and a petting zoo.
Excellence in Community Service
The Excellence in Community Service Award was presented jointly to the Blackwood Action Group for their contributions to the Mitcham hills community and also to the ‘Keep Fit’ Program run by Deborah Harrison.
Blackwood Action Group
The Blackwood Action Group has been actively involved in the Wittunga Botanic Gardens Master Plan, the Blackwood Road Management Review, upgrading of the Blackwood streetscapes, Blackwood and Coromandel railway station gardens, plans for Waite Street Reserve upgrade, Clean Up Australia Day and many other initiatives.
Keep Fit’ Program
The ‘Keep Fit’ Program has been run by Deborah Harrison at the Westbourne Park Uniting Church for the last 24 years. A practicing physiotherapist and trained keep fit instructor Deb delivers a wide variety of aerobic, Pilates and other fitness activities as well as information about women’s health and nutrition to meet the needs of all participants, varying in ages from 20 to 70 years. All money raised from the ‘Keep Fit’ classes is donated to charity - over $100,000 has been donated to local, national and international charities.
Excellence in Environmental Achievement
The Excellence in Environmental Achievement Award was presented to the Friends of Shepherds Hill Recreation Park. The group, formed in August 1999, is comprised of dedicated volunteers working to advance the environmental rehabilitation of Shepherds Hill Recreation Park in particular the Grey Box grassy woodlands with monthly working bees held at the Park.
Australia Day Commendations
Australia Day Commendations were presented to Mr Brian Langsford for his contribution to Scouts and the Red Cross Blood Service over the last 35 years and Mrs Mary Lindon for her work in establishing and coordinating the Seniors in Harmony Program, providing monthly music events for over 100 seniors and people with disabilities.
For more information about the 2014 Australia Day Awards contact Chris Bartlett on 8372 8805 or email email@example.com