Shoalhaven Australia Day Awards 2020

Nominations have closed. 

Do you know someone who has made an outstanding contribution to making our City a better place to live, work or play? Shoalhaven City Council is seeking nominations for the 2020 Shoalhaven Australia Day Awards.

The awards are held as part of the Australia Day Celebrations for 2020, organised by Shoalhaven City Council in conjunction with the Australia Day Council NSW.

The Awards aim to recognize outstanding contributions to the local community during 2019.

Categories

There are eight categories, including:

  • Citizen Award - 25 years and older
  • Young Citizen Award - 24 years and younger
  • Sports Person Award - 19 years and older
  • Junior Sports Person Award - 18 years and younger
  • Outstanding Contribution to the Environment - This award is open to all ages and highlights nominees who have made an outstanding contribution to the environment within the Shoalhaven
  • Outstanding Emerging Artist - Open to artists of any age, practising any art form including writer, visual/digital artist, performer etc
  • Outstanding Contribution to Arts & Culture - Open to both artists and non-artists contributing to the arts in any capacity
  • Outstanding Contribution to an Inclusive Shoalhaven - All ages. This category acknowledges nominees who have made an outstanding contribution to making the Shoalhaven a more inclusive community for people of all abilities, ages and/or culture.

Nomination

Nominations closed at 5.00pm on Friday 29 November 2019.

The Awards Presentation

The Awards will be presented by Mayor Amanda Findley at the Shoalhaven Australia Day Awards 2020 Presentation Cocktail Party and Citizenship Ceremony which will be held on Thursday, 23 January 2020 at the Ulladulla Civic Centre.

Do you know someone who has made an outstanding contribution to making our City a better place to live, work or play? Shoalhaven City Council is seeking nominations for the 2020 Shoalhaven Australia Day Awards.

The awards are held as part of the Australia Day Celebrations for 2020, organised by Shoalhaven City Council in conjunction with the Australia Day Council NSW.

The Awards aim to recognize outstanding contributions to the local community during 2019.

Categories

There are eight categories, including:

  • Citizen Award - 25 years and older
  • Young Citizen Award - 24 years and younger
  • Sports Person Award - 19 years and older
  • Junior Sports Person Award - 18 years and younger
  • Outstanding Contribution to the Environment - This award is open to all ages and highlights nominees who have made an outstanding contribution to the environment within the Shoalhaven
  • Outstanding Emerging Artist - Open to artists of any age, practising any art form including writer, visual/digital artist, performer etc
  • Outstanding Contribution to Arts & Culture - Open to both artists and non-artists contributing to the arts in any capacity
  • Outstanding Contribution to an Inclusive Shoalhaven - All ages. This category acknowledges nominees who have made an outstanding contribution to making the Shoalhaven a more inclusive community for people of all abilities, ages and/or culture.

Nomination

Nominations closed at 5.00pm on Friday 29 November 2019.

The Awards Presentation

The Awards will be presented by Mayor Amanda Findley at the Shoalhaven Australia Day Awards 2020 Presentation Cocktail Party and Citizenship Ceremony which will be held on Thursday, 23 January 2020 at the Ulladulla Civic Centre.

Nominations have closed. 
  • Winners Announced

    2 months ago
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    Council wishes to congratulate the winners of the Shoalhaven Australia Day Awards:

    Winners Citizen of the Year – Shoalhaven Medal Recipient Wendy Roberts

    Long-time resident Wendy Roberts of Erowal Bay has dedicated 58 years to supporting her local community through volunteering.

    Wendy has assisted across a number of organisations and groups in a variety of ways over the years, including the NSW Rural Fire Service, Erowal Bay Brigade. Wendy currently volunteers her time at the Crossroads Brigade, Jervis Bay Lions Club, Girl Guides, Camp Quality, War Widows and Meals on Wheels.

    In addition to her formal volunteer work, Wendy gives...

    Council wishes to congratulate the winners of the Shoalhaven Australia Day Awards:

    Winners Citizen of the Year – Shoalhaven Medal Recipient Wendy Roberts

    Long-time resident Wendy Roberts of Erowal Bay has dedicated 58 years to supporting her local community through volunteering.

    Wendy has assisted across a number of organisations and groups in a variety of ways over the years, including the NSW Rural Fire Service, Erowal Bay Brigade. Wendy currently volunteers her time at the Crossroads Brigade, Jervis Bay Lions Club, Girl Guides, Camp Quality, War Widows and Meals on Wheels.

    In addition to her formal volunteer work, Wendy gives her time to help many members of the Shoalhaven with personal care, transport and assists with nursing home resident’s hospital visits.

    Wendy Roberts is a valued member of the Shoalhaven community and this award acknowledges the time, energy and commitment she has dedicated to our City.

    Young Citizen: Alannah Mannix

    As a role model for young people, Alannah demonstrates passion and perseverance in her volunteer roles for Take3 for the Sea and Shoalhaven Heads Surf Club.

    Alannah is also responsible for running her own campaigns and is the founder of two organisations. These are Visionary Mermaids, who work to protect our oceans and waterways and Cleaner Cafes, who work to reduce single plastic use in cafe culture. Alannah has organised beach clean-ups that have removed over 1000 pieces of rubbish from the Shoalhaven and has been the catalyst for the introduction of waste and environmental awareness groups in several schools in the area.

    Junior Sports: Karlee Symonds

    Karlee has an International Paralympic Classification of T11 for vision impairment, therefore requiring a guide runner when competing in athletics. Karlee has represented NSW at a National level in athletics and cross country. Karlee also plays a training and mentoring role with Guide Dogs NSW and has represented others with vision impairment in local media promotions. Karlee is a true ambassador for the vision-impaired community and all people living with disabilities.

    Outstanding Contribution to an Inclusive Shoalhaven: Valerie McMahon

    As a member of the Shoalhaven Arts Board, Valerie McMahon has dedicated over 30 years to volunteer for the Shoalhaven Art Society. Valerie has helped generate over $400,000 worth of donations to the Berry and Shoalhaven area through her role an executive of the Berry Community Activities Centre.

    Outstanding Contribution to Arts and Culture: Denise Stevens

    Internationally recognised as a tapestry artist, Denise Stevens dedicates an extraordinary amount of her time, energy and personal resources to enriching the artistic and cultural life in the Shoalhaven. Denise teaches, assesses and judges awards, is a mentor and encourages participation in the arts. Denise also builds the skills and confidence of others and helps run numerous organisations that provide opportunities for people of all abilities to participate in arts and craft.

    Outstanding Contribution to the Environment: Patrick Thompson

    Patrick Thompson made a life-long, unique contribution spanning five decades to environment and conservation, as editor of the Shoalhaven-based New Bush Telegraph newspaper and publisher of Envirobooks. This has provided opportunities for contributors and the Shoalhaven community to access information, views, alternative perspectives, discussions and debate related to the environment. He is also a current, continuing board member of the Colong Foundation for Wilderness, where he was chairperson for thirteen years, and one-time editor of their bulletin.

    Outstanding Emerging Artist: Shenae Boulton

    Shenae is a passionate contributor to performing arts in the Shoalhaven. Shenae’s achievements include performing in Junior Albatross Musical productions such as Aladdin, Junior Oliver, Shrek Junior, Mary Poppins, Wicked and Dear Edwina Junior. Shenae also performs at local events including, Southern Stars, Shoalhaven River Festival, Callala Carols and Bomaderry's Got Talent.

    Highly Commended

    Also awarded on the night were Annette Pham and Steve Foord, each receiving a highly commended certificate for their valuable contributions to the community. Annette Pham is a tireless, passionate advocate for people with disabilities and their carers. Her vision is for people with disabilities to have better access to social participation and inclusion. Steve has spent 38 years working tirelessly for the Shoalhaven Police Citizens Youth Club, to benefit young people and senior citizens. Steve also organises fundraising events and takes care of the grounds and building maintenance at the Shoalhaven PCYC.

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