Whitehorse City Council

Australia Day Civic Awards

Announcing the recipients of the 2018 Whitehorse Australia Day Awards

Council's annual awards program hours the outstanding efforts of people who live, work or volunteer in the municipality. Congratulations to all the winners.

Whitehorse Citizen of the Year

Edgar Montgomery David Inglis (David)
David Inglis has dedicated himself to the local community for over 45 years and has held numerous and varied volunteer roles during that time. He has been a member of the Wandinong Sanctuary Advisory Committee since 1974 and was treasurer until 2017. As part of the Wandinong Sanctuary, David joined the Blackburn and District Tree Preservation Society and is still an active member. David is a tireless attendee at monthly working bees and gives his personal time to watering plants in the warmer months. David was also previously a volunteer driver for the Eastern Transport Register, driving the Bendigo Bank Community Bus to pick up elderly residents and take them to different activities. He has also been involved in Neighbourhood Watch for more than 30 years and is  currently a zone representative, attending monthly meetings and distributing newsletters to  residents.
In addition to his volunteer activities, those who know him best say that David is a wonderful  neighbour and supportive to his fellow community members. Congratulations David on being the Whitehorse Citizen of the Year for 2018!

Whitehorse Young Citizen of the Year

Michaela Clare-Cover
Michaela receives her award for her academic achievements as a student at Koonung Secondary College where she completed year 12 last year. Michaela contributed positively to her school and the broader community through sporting and artistic achievements, and her volunteering and charitable endeavours.
In her role as Koonung Student Representative Council Captain, Michaela organised several fundraising events including World’s Greatest Shave Day, Hoodies for Homelessness and free dress day to raise funds to support youth education in Tanzania. Michaela was also a mentor captain, acting as a role model to younger students at Koonung Secondary College.
Michaela immersed herself in a range of extracurricular activities including hockey, athletics, swimming, gymnastics, ballet, singing, piano, choir and school productions.

Whitehorse Sports and Recreation Australia Day Trophy

Eastern Gymnastics Club
Eastern Gymnastics Club is the winner for the second year in a row of the Whitehorse Sports and Recreation Australia Day Trophy. The club is a not for profit organisation that provides recreational and competitive gymnastics programs for all ages and abilities. The club has continued its efforts this year to be truly inclusive, welcoming children and adults of all ages, abilities, gender, backgrounds and personal attributes.
Eastern Gymnastics Club has also been proactive in engaging with local schools to expand the range of services offered, including gymnastics and aerobics programs. The club has a warm and welcoming atmosphere, with one of its values being ‘A friendly and supportive club for all’.

Community Achievement Awards

David Knowles
Emeritus Professor David Knowles has been a member of The West of Elgar Residents Association for  many years, making valuable contributions to the group's campaign on a number of major issues in the area.
David has also been an active member of the Bennetswood Bowling Club since 2013, where he has dedicated many hours to securing the future of the club, as well as encouraging new members and acting as Board Secretary. David was also successful in applying for grants on behalf of the club to replace a roof and drove the purchase and installation of solar panels at the club.

Paulina Chong
Paulina arrived in Australia from  Malaysia in 1989 and since that time has made a significant contribution to the Whitehorse community. Paulina has been an active member of U3A Nunawading  since 2009, where she is currently on the committee of management and leads a number of classes. She has also organised Zumba dance performances for Whitehorse City Council and Seniors Week at Federation Square. Paulina has also been a member of the school council at Mitcham Primary School and Parkmore Primary School and has worked in their canteens and as part of their fundraising committees.

Cecily Falkingham
Cecily has devoted her time to environmental sustainability and protection over many years. She has been an active member of a number of environmental committees and worked closely with local and state government on environmental projects. Cecily also leads nature walks of the Mullum Mullum Valley to help the public understand the ecology of the area and appreciate how unique it is. She also continues to give her time to advise and consult state and local government on local conservation issues. Cecily’s extensive local knowledge and expertise as a naturalist are highly regarded at both a local level and more widely around the state.