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.
Nominations must be received at the City of Mitcham Civic Centre by no later than 5 pm on Friday 13 November 2015.
Citizen and Young Citizen of the Year
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
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 2015
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 AngelaEasson and the Mitcham City Brass Band.
This year, 95 people become Australian citizens during a citizenship ceremony officiated by Mayor, Glenn Spear.
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 to Mr Andrew Tidswell for his contributions to the local community over the last 40 years in various voluntary capacities.
Andrew is the current President of the Blackwood Action Group in which he leads and participates in activities that aim to make positive contributions to the hills community through horticulture projects and other streetscape beautification initiatives. He is also the founder and convener of the Blackwood Hills Sustainable communities group and a member of the Friends of Adelaide Botanic Gardens volunteering in projects at Wittunga Botanic Gardens. Andrew is an inaugural member of the Blackwood Reconciliation group and also contributes to a program for disadvantaged children at Hawthorndene Primary School
Andrew is also recognised for his expertise through being awarded Life Membership of Urban Ecology Australia and current Board Member. As a retired Architect, Andrew has focused his efforts on environmental sustainability.
Australia Day Young Citizen of the Year
Daniel Spencer of Craigburn Farm was presented with the Australia Day Young Citizen of the Year Award. Winning this award also made Daniel eligible for the State Young Citizen of the Year which has was awarded at a ceremony at SA Parliament House on 23 January.
Daniel became involved in the Australian Youth Climate Coalition (AYCC) in 2010 whilst studying and quickly became more and more passionate in leading youth environmental sustainability initiates. Dan became the State Coordinator for the AYCC and joined with other community members in 2011 to replace coal fired power stations with Solar thermal power plant storage in Port Augusta. This saw Daniel relocate to Port Augusta to champion the cause which saw several community awareness activities such as a 300+km walk from Port Augusta to Adelaide, a community vote of over 4000 people.
Daniel has been recognised for his commitment to the environment though awards such as the Jill Hudson Award and the inaugural Bob Brown Young Environmentalist of the year award in 2012, Channel 9 Young Environmentalist of the Year 2013. Dan is an inspirational role model for young people having travelled around Australia meeting them, providing training, workshops, planning sessions and conferences that motivate them to take action against climate change.
Excellence in Community Service
The Excellence in Community Service Award was presented to the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls Friendship – Dilkara Assembly. The group started in the Mitcham Area at the Hawthorn Masonic Centre 40 years ago for girls aged 7 to 21 years and aims to develop skills in leadership and encourage support of those less fortunate in the community. The current group of 10 girls is working on raising $500 each to donate to Sids & Kids cause.
Excellence in Sport
The Excellence in Sport Award was presented to Belinda White of Pasadena for her service to the Sturt Softball Club as a player, coach, umpire and volunteer.
Belinda has been a great leader and role model as a coach, player, Captain, umpire and volunteer. She has represented both her state and country in soft ball and is considered the best softball catcher in the world.
For more information about the 2016 Australia Day Awards contact Chris Bartlett on 8372 8805 or email email@example.com