Whitehorse City Council

Australia Day Civic Awards

Australia Day Civic Awards 2018The annual Whitehorse Australia Day Civic Awards and the Sport and Recreation Australia Day Trophy are designed to recognise, acknowledge and promote the efforts of people and community clubs or groups who either live, work, study or participate in the Whitehorse community.

docx icon Nominations for the 2018 Australia Day Awards are now open (152.96kB) and must be received by 5pm on Friday 3 November 2017

Three categories are available for nomination:

  • The Citizen of the Year Award recognises and acknowledges outstanding contributions from persons who have made a noteworthy contribution during the current year and/or given outstanding service to the local community over a number of years and is 27 years of age or older on 26 January of the awards year.
  • The Young Citizen of the Year Award recognises and acknowledges outstanding contributions made by a young person who must be younger than 27 years of age of the awards year. 
  • The Community Achievement Award recognises and acknowledges contributions that provide opportunities for participation and benefit the wider community. Nominees may be an individual, over 18 years of age, or an entire community group/organisation from within the City of Whitehorse. 

The Whitehorse Sport and Recreation Australia Day Trophy recognises sporting, recreation and community clubs and groups that have created opportunities for participation to benefit the broader Whitehorse community.

Past recipients of the awards reside, study, work or participate in the Whitehorse community, dedicating their lives to volunteering, fundraising or advocating for the community, and community groups or clubs that have provided outstanding community events or activities.

For more information on Australia Day Awards, call 9262 6333 and ask to speak to Jenny Russell.

For more information on Australia Day Sport and Recreation Trophy, call 9262 6106 and ask to speak to the Parks Planning and Recreation Project Officer.

2017 Whitehorse Australia Day Civic Award Winners

Council has acknowledged the work of some of Whitehorse’s most exceptional community members with its 2017 Whitehorse Australia Day Awards.

2017 Joint Young Citizen of the Year – Callum Lowe

Koonung Secondary College student Callum Lowe received Council’s Young Person of the month award late last year for his volunteer work and academic excellence. Callum has been involved in many community groups, including Parkrun Australia, Oxfam, the Rotary Club of Mont Albert and Surrey Hills and Koonung Secondary College's Student Representative Committee. Callum also excelled academically throughout high school. He was the Dux of English and Dux Secondi of Biochemical Science in 2014 as well as the Dux of Business Management in 2015 (which he completed as a year 11 student). He achieved a distinction in the Royal Australian Chemistry Quiz in 2015 and was offered a National Scholars Program scholarship in 2016. He also made the shortlist for the Tuckwell Scholarship, which meant he was one of only 75 students to be invited to spend a weekend at Australian National University in Canberra. To round it all off he has also excelled in sports. Callum’s teachers have described him as a dedicated and highly motivated young person with a strong desire to make a difference.

2017 Joint Young Citizen of the Year – Stephanie Clare-Cover

Stephanie Clare-Cover took out Council’s Young Person of the month award early last year, which she won for her many achievements as a student at Koonung Secondary College where she completed VCE in 2015. Stephanie’s teachers praised her drive to achieve her best in all she took on, as well as her active pursuit of leadership roles. She was a keen music, drama and dance student throughout her secondary years, appearing in Koonung Secondary College theatre productions for six years. Leadership roles included stints as Middle School Captain, Female Mentor Captain and Music Captain. Stephanie forged strong links with peers from Matsudo in Japan – the City of Whitehorse’s sister city – when she hosted students from that city and became Ambassador for Matsudo exchange students when they attended Koonung Secondary College in 2015. Stephanie also spent a month as an exchange student in Japan. The enthusiastic and committed lover of the arts has also excelled at sport and is a member of the Eastern Gymnastics Club in Box Hill, and her former teachers have noted that her wide range of interests and achievements made her an exemplary role model for younger students.

2017 Community Achievement Awards

Chinese Women’s Association of Victoria

The Chinese Women’s Association of Victoria (CWAVic) promotes the physical, mental and social wellbeing of its 1060 members and women in the wider community. Weekly activities include Chinese opera, Chinese calligraphy, cooking classes, laughter yoga and line dancing. CWAVic organises celebrations for cultural events such as the Mid-Autumn Festival, International Women’s Day and Mothers’ Day. Through these celebrations, Chinese traditions and culture can be passed on, while a spirit of multiculturalism is enhanced by sharing these events with the wider community

Ian Davidson

Ian Davidson is a respected stalwart of the Whitehorse Film Society, having been a management committee member since 1975. Ian was part of the group that helped the society transition from reel-to-reel technology to DVDs for their screenings, and is one of the society’s key projectionists. In recognition of his service, he was made a Life Member in 2008. Ian aims to make films available to all at a reasonable cost in a safe and friendly environment. He has helped establish film societies in other communities and has been a member of the Federation of Victoria Film Societies Executive since 1980.

Heatherdale Community Action Group Inc.

Since forming in 2004, the Heatherdale Community Action Group Inc. has acted on behalf of the local community in many ways. This has included opposing excessive noise and dust pollution coming from the Southern Recycling Company, holding information forums on homelessness and drugs, opposing inappropriate development, providing input into the removal of the level crossing at Heatherdale and the rebuilding of Heatherdale Railway Station.

Men’s Shed Program Volunteers

The Whitehorse Men’s Shed and the Vermont Men’s Shed aim to improve the health and wellbeing of members and reduce the number of men who are at risk from preventable health issues that sometimes result from being lonely and isolated, especially after retirement. Some of those attending the sheds may be experiencing physical and mental health conditions, living with a disability or may be socially isolated. The volunteers are instrumental in helping them gain confidence, learn new skills and make friends.

U3A Nunawading

U3A Nunawading is a community-based, not-for-profit, wholly volunteer organisation providing low-cost learning opportunities and social interaction for retirees and the semi-retired. The organisation offers approximately 180 classes each week and plays a big role in reducing feelings of isolation and a loss of self-esteem once people retire from the workplace. U3A Nunawading promotes the benefits of lifelong learning, has an active social committee and many members regularly participate in community events throughout Whitehorse, including Council’s Global Fiesta and Spring Festival. 

2017 Whitehorse Sport and Recreation Australia Day Trophy

Eastern Gymnastics Club

The Eastern Gymnastics Club has been recognised for its contribution to the Whitehorse community. The not-for-profit organisation has recently focussed on further developing its status as an Inclusive Leader Club and providing customised gymnastics programs for members of the community who previously may not have been able to participate, such as those on the autism spectrum. Among its coaches, the club employs a senior coach with severe hearing loss, a coach with Down’s syndrome and two other coaches with Asperger’s Syndrome. Eastern Gymnastics Club has a warm and welcoming atmosphere, true to its goal of providing “a friendly and supportive club for all”.