Community Citizen of the Year Awards 2019

Published: Friday, 1 February 2019 at 1:57:55 PM

Chittering’s Community Australia Day Celebration was held on Saturday 26 January, in Bindoon’s Clune Park with approximately 180 people in attendance.  Guests were entertained by Warwick Trant and various local musicians, they enjoyed free coffee from Bindoon Bakehaus, Northern Valleys Fruit Pops, refreshments and a sausage sizzle cooked by the Shire Councillors.

 

Formalities of the event began with an Australian Citizenship Ceremony, welcoming five new citizens into the Chittering community. Following this ceremony, outstanding members of our community were acknowledged for their hard work and investment in the Chittering community through the Community Citizen of the Year Awards and Education Scholarship Awards.

 

Each year the Shire incorporates into their budget two scholarships of $1,000 each for a student graduating Year 6 and a student graduating Year 10 at the end of the following school year.  This year’s scholarship winners were:

 

Kieran Day – Year 6 Education Scholarship Recipient

Kieran is a diligent student who is respected by both his peers and teachers. He displays fine leadership skills and is a fantastic role model for other students. Kieran will begin high school at Bullsbrook College and hopes to one day become a Pilot or Ranger.

 

Ellise Donaldson – Year 10 Education Scholarship Recipient

Ellise is a hard working student and dedicated flautist. She will continue her education at La Salle College in 2019, studying five ATAR subjects with the goal of entering university to become a Marine Biologist.

 

Active Citizenship Award

This award recognises groups that have made a noteworthy contribution or performed outstanding service to the local community over a number of years through active involvement.  The winners, Chittering Cancer Support Group run a Biggest Morning Tea fundraiser event for the Cancer Council of WA each year. In 2018 their event raised a whopping $3,500.00 which will assist with research and the ongoing provision of services to cancer patients, their carers and families. Chittering Cancer Support Group also provide a support network for local people affected by cancer, assisting them through what can be one of life’s toughest journeys.

Senior Community Citizen of the Year

The winner, Brian Collier has been an active member of the Chittering community for many years, volunteering in both an official and unofficial capacity. He has played an integral part volunteering for the Chittering Tourism Association, Bindoon Library and Chittering Spring Festival. Brian’s volunteerism and participation in community events and activities is to be admired and rewarded.

Community Citizen of the Year Award

Shayne Smith is a quiet, unassuming and hard-working farmer who showed outstanding generosity and leadership to a neighbouring family during an extremely difficult time. He brought the community together to ensure the family’s farm continued to run smoothly and so that the family knew they were supported. Shayne actively promotes teamwork and enthusiasm in roles that he fills in various community organisations including Wannamal Fire Brigade, Wannamal Lake Catchment Group and around the Wannamal Community Centre.

Congratulations to each of our award recipients. Remember, local events and community members can be nominated for Community Citizenship of the Year Awards all year round – there’s no need to wait until the Shire call’s for nominations in September.  Forms and more details are available at https://www.citizenshipawards.com.au/nominate/

Our new Australian citizens, Education Scholarship recipients and Community Citizen of the Year Award winners.


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For further information please contact Nadine Hayes, Acting Executive Support Officer on 9576 4606 or via eso@chittering.wa.gov.au.  This media statement has no regulatory value.

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