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 closed Friday 18 November 2016.
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 2016
Governor of South Australia Helps Mitcham Celebrate Australia Day at Carrick Hill
Mitcham residents celebrated Australia Day with an ‘Aussie BBQ’, citizenship and awards presentation attended by the Governor, His Excellency the Honorable Hieu Van Le and the Australia Day Ambassador Phil Herreen at the beautiful grounds of Carrick Hill.
Guests enjoyed a citizenship and awards ceremony, live music from Angela Easson and the Mitcham City Brass Band as well as a delicious BBQ cooked by the Rotary Clubs of Mitcham and Brownhill Creek.
This year, 88 people become Australian citizens during a citizenship ceremony officiated by Mayor Glenn Spear.
Australia Day Awards and Awards of Excellence 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 Mr Ron Bellchambers for his contributions to the local community through the Brownhill Creek Flood Mitigation Project.
Ron was the community leader for the ‘No Dam in Brownhill Creek Community Action Group’ working tirelessly in leading the opposition to the proposed construction of a flood mitigation dam in Brownhill Creek. Supported by his colleagues from the Brownhill Creek Association and the No Dam Action Group, Ron has been the 'public face' of the No Dam campaign for over five years.
Ron contributed immensely to the no dam outcome being endorsed by the five catchment Councils which was achieved only after years of prolonged emotional and heated debate.
Ron has for many years been actively involved in the maintenance and protection of Brownhill Creek and the education of the public in its environmental, cultural and historical significance.
Ron has worked with the Conservation Council, Nature Foundation SA and the National Trust in promoting the park (one of the earliest proclaimed parks in Australia) as a recreational destination for residents and visitors to South Australia. The close relationship Ron has developed with the Kaurna People, the traditional owners of Brownhill Creek (Warraparinga), has been important in ensuring the future security of significant cultural and spiritual sites within the Creek.
Australia Day Community Event of the Year Award
The ARPA Orchestra organised and sponsored the inaugural festival which was held at the Cumberland Park Community Centre every Sunday from 11 October to 29 November. The ARPA Orchestra was presented with the Australia Day Community Event of the Year Award for the SA Community Music Festival.
The SA Community Music Festival featured performances from community bands, choirs and orchestras, comprised over 500 amateur musicians and entertained hundreds of audience members.
Excellence in Community Service Award
The Excellence in Community Service Award was presented to the Rotary Club of Brownhill Creek for their range of services to community including fundraising amounting to several thousands of dollars to many local community organisations and support of various local awards and awareness programs.
The club's most significant project in 2015 was its contribution towards the building of a school for an orphanage in Golfutar, Kathmandu, Nepal at a total cost of approximately $200,000 and then towards the repairs to this school after the subsequent earthquake at an additional cost of approximately $40,000.
Excellence in Sport Award
The Excellence in Sport Award was presented to Innovation Callisthenics Club for their achievement and commitment shown in developing the sport of Callisthenics.
Since being established in 2012 the club has grown to over 100 members from age 2 to age 55 and has experienced stunning success in its short existence.
For more information about the 2016 Australia Day Awards contact Marcia Mudge on 8372 8805 or email firstname.lastname@example.org