Australia Day

Lake Grace

Hosted by: Lake Grace Lions Club

When: Friday 26 January 2018

Where: Lake Grace Swimming Pool    

Time: 7:30am

Details: Free BBQ breakfast BYO plates, cutlery & mugs.

Australian Citizenship Ceremony

Presentation of Australia Day  Citizenship Awards

Australian Citizenship Affirmation 


Hosted by: Gateway Uniting Church

When: Friday 26 January 2018

Where: Pioneer Park     

Time: 8:30am

Details: Free BBQ breakfast with live music

Presentation of Australia Day Citizenship Awards

Australian Citizenship Affirmation

  Lake King

Hosted by: Lake King Progress Association

When: Friday 26 January 2018

Where: Bicentennial Park, behind the Tavern   

Time: 12 noon

Details: Free BBQ

Presentation of Australia Day Citizenship Awards

Australian Citizenship Affirmation


Hosted by: Varley Progress Association

When: Friday 26 January 2018

Where: Varley Sports Pavilion     

Time: 3.00pm

Details: Free BBQ  tea, please bring a salad to share

Table Tennis Championships 5.30pm

Australian Citizenship Affirmation


Nominations for the Community Citizen of the Year Awards for Australia Day 2018 will open 1 September 2017 and close on 31 October 2017.

The criteria for the awards remains consistent with previous years and allows you to recognise a wider range of your community champions through the four categories:

  • Citizen of the Year
  • Senior Citizen of the Year (over 65 years of age)
  • Youth Citizen of the Year (under 25 years of age)
  • Active Citizenship Award (to recognise a community group or event)

  For further information visit  www.citizenshipawards.com.au




Lake Grace

Lake Grace Citizen of the Year, Amanda Milton
Nominated by Lake Grace Development Association

Amanda’s ability to go above and beyond is demonstrated in her position as the Project Manager of the construction of the new sub centre which has highlighted her ability to ‘get the job done’. Thousands of volunteer hours have been dedicated to this outstanding project; including the planning, fundraising, all aspects of construction and fit out; all of which have been professionally managed by Amanda. It is to her credit that this project has almost reached completion with a state of the art building now taking pride of place in the main street of Lake Grace.

Amanda has also continued to show great dedication, drive and passion in her role as an ambulance officer. She provides assistance to patients when they need it most and is a supportive and inspiring mentor to her fellow volunteers in her role as Chairperson of the Lake Grace St John Ambulance Sub Centre.

As a volunteer Ambulance Officer Amanda is fully aware of the role she plays in the lives of others who may have fallen victim to an accident or a life altering health episode. Amanda chooses to train and educate herself so that she can provide the best care for those who need her assistance; as Chairperson of the Lake Grace Sub Centre she has been proactive in providing rigorous training to her volunteers, empowering them to feel confident in their ability to do the best job they possibly can.

Amanda has also been working towards the establishment of a new St John’s Ambulance Sub Centre building for Lake Grace. Amanda has worked closely with the Shire of Lake Grace and St John Ambulance WA Property Department to progress this project. Her passion and drive has seen surrounding sub centres and local business provide key sponsorship and dollars that have enabled the project to progress.

Amanda joined the Lake Grace St John Ambulance Sub Centre in 2003, and is an articulate advocate for volunteers in the Lake Grace community and St John Ambulance WA as a whole. Amanda has held the position of Chairperson for a number of years and she shows great dedication, focus and professionalism in her management of this organisation. The increased number of volunteers is very encouraging to see and the time and effort Amanda dedicates to their development is much appreciated.

Amanda has also been an advocate for our community for a number of years, as an ex-Shire Councillor and as a member of local groups including Lake Grace Development Association, prepared a substantive document for The Jam Patch project, member of the Community Cropping Group, representing the district on the District Health Advisory Group and is a representative from WA for the review into the Grains Research and Development Corporation.

Amanda’s enthusiasm, motivation and ‘can-do’ attitude is a credit to her, and of great benefit to the community of Lake Grace. The Lake Grace Development Association have pleasure in offering Amanda Milton as a worthy nominee for the Australia Day Citizen of the Year Award.



Lake Grace Senior Citizen of the Year, Walter Perry

Nominated by Lake Grace Development Association

Wally exudes an enthusiasm for the community and consistently puts himself forward; he’s not just a member of the groups that he’s involved in but continuously plays a committed and active role.

Has been and still is an active member of the Seniors group assisting with organising day and overnight trips and other activities for his peers.

Is a passionate member of Men’s Shed and is currently Vice President and Shed Co-ordinator, a role which involves managing projects.

Heavily involved with the Anglican Church, assisting with not only the organisation of services but carrying out care and maintenance to the premises and yard.

Is a volunteer driver for the Lake Grace District Hospital, transporting patients who have no means of getting themselves to out of town appointments.

Active member of Lions helping out with projects such as the Australia Day breakfast.
Mentoring children through the Youthcare programme at Lake Grace District High School on a weekly basis.  Wally also volunteers to the school in other capacities.

Volunteered to manage an entry road when the Lake Grace CRC held a litterpick, this involved keeping an eye on volunteer pickers and making sure everyone had enough bags, volunteering his vehicle to load rubbish on, collecting bags from the side of the road and delivering loaded rubbish to the tip.



Lake Grace Active Citizenship Award for a Community Group or Event, Lake Grace Men’s Shed

Nominated by Lake Grace Development Association

The Men’s Shed is providing an important meeting place for men, giving them the opportunity to socialise, share their burdens, unleash their creativity and reinforce that they are an important part of the community. Since moving into their new premises at the old ambulance centre lot this year they have been able to expand their projects for the benefit of all of their members.

Men’s Sheds are recognised Australia wide as an important bastion for men’s mental health and the Lake Grace Men’s Shed is no exception. They provide a neutral meeting place where each man can decide how involved he wants to be in the shed. He can actively throw himself into projects, he can enjoy a shared morning tea, read the paper or simply enjoy the company of his fellow man. This can be of special importance for those men who live on their own, are recently retired or having health problems.
Some highlights for the Men’s Shed this year have been:

• A strong membership of 110 (some are women) with 21 active members.

• Moving into their new premises in February 2016.

• Successful grant applications which have enabled them to purchase new equipment and tools.

• The launch of their logo.

• An exhibition in the window of the Lake Grace Community Art Space.

• Collaborations with other Men’s Sheds and their members including Hopetoun Men’s Shed, Zone Meetings and the State Conference.






Newdegate Citizen of the Year, Gaye Guelfi
Nominated by Newdegate Community Development Association

Gaye is an active member of the Newdegate St John ambulance service since 1991. Committee member since 2002, an Ambulance officer from 2003 and current level 2.

Gaye has attended many call outs during this time; she manages checking/ordering medical supplies and other treatment equipment.

She organised the ambulance officer’s rosters for local football games, the roster for the St John Ambulance officer’s attending the Newdegate Machinery Field Day and the show bag roster.

Gaye has undertaken many private trips to Lake Grace and Narrogin for patients needing transport when they don’t have their own. She is currently Vice President of the Newdegate Sub Centre and has been for the past 3 years.


Newdegate Young Citizen of the Year for a person under 25 years, Rebekah Dunkeld
Nominated by Ian Lloyd

Rebekah works tireless as a trainer for the Newdegate Football Club. She also coaches the junior basketball and is a dedicated committee member and player of the Newdegate Netball Club.

Rebekah was awarded Best Clubman of the Newdegate Football Club.



Newdegate Active Citizenship Award for a Community Group or Event of the Year, Winter Sports Awards Presentation Night Organisational Committee 
Nominated by Newdegate Community Development Association

The Newdegate hockey, netball, football club representatives steered by Emily Gilmore organised the annual event, themed ‘Gatsby Night’. The decorations for the night were marvellous and the event was well attended.

The winter sports finals embrace a major number from within the community.





Lake King


Lake King Citizen of the Year, Colin Penny
Nominated by Lake King Progress Association

Mr Penny has worked very hard over the past few years to help create the Lake King Tractor Museum. He has invested much time in tracking down the first farm built tractors in the community and sought to have them restored and now displayed in Lake King.

Collin is also on the Community Cropping Committee, and works very hard to raise funds through the sowing, harvesting and selling of our Community Crop, for the use in our community.

Over the past many years Mr Penny has also been President of the Progress Association and continues to be an active citizen in our community, volunteering at events and getting projects underway.


Lake King Active Citizenship Award for a Community Group or Event of the Year, St Johns Ambulance - Lake King 
Nominated by Lake King Progress Association

Lake King St Johns Ambulance is an important service to our small town. The volunteers work tirelessly to keep our community and others safe. The St Johns Ambulance volunteers continually demonstrate active citizenship in our community, by working at and supporting events in our town, and hosting events such as the ball for the benefit of the towns social networking and inclusion.

The fundraising ‘trendy Black Tie Ball’ they held in September, provided a place for the community to come together and network, as well as raise funds for this vital service.

Over the past year, the volunteers have faced some very difficult situations, and handled them with professionalism and care. They continue to contribute to our community and we can only be grateful for all they do.




 There were no nominations for 2017