Australia Day celebrates stupendous citizens

Ellie HoneyboneMidwest Times
Shire of Carnarvon Australia Day award recipients.
Camera IconShire of Carnarvon Australia Day award recipients. Credit: Montage Photography


The Shire of Carnamah recognised Karen Isbister as Citizen of the Year for her dedicated contribution to many community groups and her commitment to fundraising to purchase equipment for children’s sporting clubs.

The Catering Committee of the Carnamah Bowling Club Inc was awarded the Citizen of the Year group/event award for excellent service to the community by co-ordinating and organising catering for functions including meals for farming busy-bees, wakes and meetings held in the town.

Olivia Morton received the Citizen of the Year Youth award after she was recognised for her involvement in many sports and commitment and dedication to fundraising.

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The Shire of Carnarvon hosted its annual breakfast and awards ceremony at the Carnarvon Yacht Club with Phil Youd receiving the Citizen of the Year Award.

Mr Youd is the man behind Carnarvon’s Space & Technology Museum which is now Carnarvon’s number one tourist attraction and is still entirely run by volunteers.

S.A.F.E (Saving Animals From Euthanasia) was awarded the Citizen of the Year Group/Event award for its ongoing commitment to rescuing and rehoming the regions pets and wildlife.

The Citizen of the Year award for the Senior category was presented to Bill Smith who has worked tirelessly for the towns older people for many years.

Corey Day was the Citizen of the Year recipient in the Youth category and was celebrated for representing WA in the Youth Lawn Bowls Competition in Adelaide.


Life member of Chapman Valley Basketball Club and umpire Darryle Mazzuchelli received the 2017 Citizen of the Year Award from the Chapman Valley Shire.

She was recognised for her tireless efforts and her dedication to mentoring young players.

The Chapman Valley Football Club Colts team was recognised for its efforts in the GNFL over the last three years, having finished second in 2014 and 2015 and winning the premiership in 2016.

These significant achievements were celebrated with the Citizen of the Year Group/Event award.


The Australia Day WA Community Citizen of the Year Award for the Shire of Coorow was awarded to Deborah Maley who was described as a contributor to the community in many different ways.

Ms Maley was chair of the Coorow Telecentre, regional coordinator for Telecentres from Shark Bay to Wiluna, Southern Cross and Lancelin and is currently coordinator of the Coorow CRC.

She has set up a museum, organised a hairdresser to operate in the old Post Office building and renovated four houses for tourist accommodation, all of which provide benefits to the community.


The Premier's Australia Day Active Citizenship Award for the Shire of Dalwallinu was presented to Robyn Bryant who was described as a very active volunteer throughout the Dalwallinu district.

Mrs Bryant was praised for her drive and determination and for her way of encouraging others in the community to donate their time and money to assist with the many causes she supports.


Dianne Gilleland has served the Geraldton community for the past 24 years and was recognised with the Citizen of the Year award for her work with important Rotary programs in the Geraldton community.

Minna Hilton was awarded the Citizen of the Year Youth award for her participation with The Comedy Emporium and mentoring younger performers.

Grant Woodhams received the Citizen of the Year Senior award and the Court Welfare Service was the deserving recipient of the Citizenship of the Year award in the group/event category.


The Dongara Denison Lions Club provided a free sausage sizzle and watermelon those attending the Port Denison foreshore celebrations and MP Melissa Price and MLA Shane Love attended the Citizenship and local citizen awards ceremony.

Kimberly Mawer took her Citizenship Pledge while Murray and Jimmy Butcher received the Citizen of the Year award, Shirley Scotter was recognised in the Citizen of the Year Senior category and the Irwin District Sub Centre St Johns Ambulance were presented with the Active Citizenship Award for group or event.


Naomi Shipway was recognised by the Shire of Leeman on Australia Day and presented with the Citizen of the Year Award for her involvement in the community.

Ms Shipway has been contributing to the Leeman community for over 20 years, helping at the Snag Island Cup and always putting her hand up to write grant submissions, organise functions and fundraising.

She is involves in the local basketball, cricket and darts clubs, is the editor of the Snag Island News, a member of the Leeman Primary School P&C and a St John Ambulance Volunteer.


The Mount Magnet community began the Australia Day 2017 by celebrating resident Varisara Young who made her pledge and became an Australian Citizen.

Bernie Kop was awarded the Citizen of the Year title for her commitment and enthusiasm to youth. Mrs Kop has donated her own time to the basketball community and also towards Beauty Class at MMDHS which has been a hit with the students.

Ron Ashlin received two nominations for Senior Citizen of the Year after he dedicating year to sharing his lifelong passion for rocks with the local community and visitors from around the world who travel to Mount Magnet and at the annual Astro Rocks Pest.

In an act of great generosity, Mr Ashlin donated a world class collection of his rare and valuable rocks to the Shire of Mount Magnet, for perpetual display at the Mount Magnet Visitor Centre.


Paul Offszanka has a love for wildflowers that surpasses many and has developed the Wildflower trails throughout the Canna Townsite and reserve.

Mr Offszanka volunteers at the Morawa Visitor Centre, the Morawa Museum and the R.S.L. and was awarded the title of 2017 Citizen of the Year by the Shire of Morawa.

The Citizen of the Year group/event award was presented to Morawa Playgroup for the Little Day Out event

This event was held in October and turned out to be a hugely successful day of learning and fun for all children aged 0-5.


The Citizen of the Year recognition for the Mullewa community went to Peter Barnetson who was instrumental in galvanising the Mullewa Community Group into action to develop the Mullewa Community Farm.

The Mullewa Community Group Inc was recognised as Community Group of the Year after it took on the challenge of using the remaining Mullewa Community Trust funds to develop a Community Farm.


A large number of people received awards at the Northampton Australia Day celebrations, including Jenny Harris and Murray Criddle.

Ms Harris has been involved in the Binnu CWA for the last 40 years and has also coordinated the district display for the Northampton Agricultural Society at the Royal Show.

Along with Ms Harris, Mr Criddle received a Community Award for his efforts on a number of community projects as a politician and chair of the Mid West Development Commission.


Community Harvest was presented the Citizen of the Year Award for event/group in Perenjori after more than 20 trucks, 15 headers and nine chaser bins completed the harvest in just one day.

The community from Latham and Perenjori helped Peter Waterhouse to finish his harvest last year as he had to focus on his medical treatment.

Neil McGee was awarded the Senior Citizen of the Year after he dedicated much of his time to looking after several seniors in Perenjori.

Mr McGee transports people to medical appointments in Morawa and Geraldton and spends time looking after their gardens and maintaining their houses.

Gaylea Dawson was awarded Citizen of the Year for her commitment to the Agricultural Society and her volunteering in the community.


Ms Jamie Burton was awarded Citizen of the Year for her work with the Shark Bay State Emergency Service.

She has assisted in many emergencies including search and rescue, cyclone assistance and air observations.

Leah Michelle Whitmore received the award for Youth Citizen of the Year after she was recognised as an excellent role model for young people in Shark Bay.

Leah volunteers at the local childcare facility during school holidays and also assists the teachers at the Shark Bay School with Indonesian language classes and volunteering with the early learning classes.


Melanie Goode is a nurse at the Three Springs Hospital and was awarded the Citizen of the Year award for the outside work she does in the community projects.

She assists the Three Springs Football Club in strapping and first aid, is a member of Three Springs Primary School Board and P&C and was awarded Three Springs Football Club Sportsman of the Year in 2016.

The Three Springs Thrift Shop was awarded the Citizen of the Year group/event award for its important work in the community.

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