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 14 November 2014.
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 2014
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, 84 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 to Mrs Angie Pangallo for her contributions to the community in forming the Gold Foundation, which is an organisation that addresses the needs of children with Asperger’s and their carers.
As the mother of a child with Asperger’s, Angie formed the Gold Foundation due to the absence of any programs in SA that brings together families that have a family member with Asperger’s. The Gold Foundation started with a donation to pay for a pilot program for 8 Asperger children. At the pilot program a number of the mothers connected and subsequently the Gold Foundation was formed in 2008.
Today the Gold Foundation has expanded to include ongoing social skills programs, formal graduation ceremonies for all children attending programs, Social Buzz Program, excursions, parent support sessions, parent / sibling seminars, Open Days for all children and families, special themed events and a fully resourced Centre for children with Aspergers Syndrome.
Angie has managed the Gold Foundation’s programs with the help of some of the other mothers. She volunteers her time to perform these functions whilst also juggling a full time job. Angie Pangallo has helped so many families and children to flourish and cope in today's society.
Australia Day Young Citizen of the Year
William ‘Billy' Russell was presented with the Australia Day Young Citizen of the Year Award. Billy established the Teen Support Network (TSN) which provides online support to bullied young people and those that identify with being a part of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Through the TSN, Billy has campaigned tirelessly for the rights of young people to be themselves without the fear of bullying or discrimination. Billy has helped elevate awareness of bullying with local schools and the wider community. Billy has also recently completed Year 12 at UrrbraeAgriculturalHigh School where he was a SRC Committee Advisor and is an Executive Member of the Mitcham Youth Advisory Committee.
Australia Day Community Event of the Year
The SA Women’s Memorial Playing Fields Trust Inc. received the Australia Day Community Event of the Year Award for the “Bangka Memorial Service”. Since 1956 the annual Bangka Memorial Service has been held on the closest Sunday to the 16th of February, the day 21 Australian nurses were massacred "On Radji Beach" Bangka Island Indonesia 1942. The 20 acre site on Shepherds Hill Road, Bedford Park is the only living memorial for women in Australia.
The volunteers of the Trust, with no outside funding, have developed the service into the largest annual memorial service for women possibly in Australia, with guests now attending from most states. Fifty wreaths were laid in February 2013 with the guest speaker being our Governor His Excellency Rear Admiral Kevin Scarce. The 2014 Bangka Memorial Service will be held on Sunday 16 February.
Excellence in Community Service
The Excellence in Community Service Award was presented jointly to the Colonel Light Gardens Community RSL and also to Nan Davies for her contributions to the Mitcham Hills Community.
The Colonel Light Gardens Community RSLacts a s community hub for people to meet, socialise and interact. Established in 1927, the Colonel Light Gardens Community RSL then opened its doors to the entire community in 2003 and is now open 7 days a week supported by volunteers from within the community.
Nan Davieshas contributed many long hours as a volunteer to the Blackwood Action Group “Greening” Program beautifying many of the landscapes in the Blackwood Shopping precincts. Nan has also supported the National Heart Foundation and Anti Cancer Council as a volunteer along with other projects as a Vice President of the Blackwood Action Group.
Excellence in Design
The Excellence in Design Award was presented to the Former Temperance Hotel for heritage restoration enhancing and complementing the character of the Mitcham Village Historic Conservation Zone. The works have restored a previously derelict local heritage place which is a landmark building at the gateway of the historic Mitcham Village.
Excellence in Sport
The Excellence in Sport Award was presented to Hugh Haysmen of Mercedes College for his achievements in Athletics, Cross Country, Cricket and Aussie Rules Football as well as acting as a mentor to young athletes.
Australia Day Award of Appreciation
An Australia Day Award of Appreciation was awarded to Torben Davidson who sadly passed away in 2013. The award was presented to his wife, Jeannette Davidson, in recognition of Torben’s lifelong commitment to the community and outstanding contribution to the local community. Torben has volunteered for his local Church, Scouts, Oxfam, Overseas Aid and most recently offered his gardening skills to Waite Institute, becoming a valued and popular member of the Friends of Urrbrae House.
For more information about the 2014 Australia Day Awards contact Chris Bartlett on 8372 8805 or email email@example.com