Australia Day Events – Award nominees!

Australia Day Events

On January 26, the Shire of Dardanup together with event organisers invite members of the community to come together to reflect, respect and celebrate – because we’re all part of the story.

Australia Day 2021 will provide an important opportunity for our Shire to reflect on the challenges of the past year, respect the sacrifices and contributions of those who responded in a time of need and celebrate being together and being Australian.

Australia Day is also a day to reflect on our nation’s past – a history which began more than 65,000 years ago with the First Australians – the world’s oldest living culture.

It is also a day on which we respect and share the stories, histories and contributions of everyday Australians, because we’re all part of the story of Australia.

DARDANUP

Location: Carramar Park
Time: Breakfast commences serving at 8.00am
Details: Dardanup Lions & Dardanup & Districts Residents Association event. Gold Coin donation

EATON

Location: Collie River Foreshore, Pratt Road
Time: Breakfast commences serving at 7.30am
Details: Eaton & Millbridge Lions event. Gold Coin donation. Feel free to bring own cutlery and picnic blanket.

Event will include Citizenship Ceremony and presentation of Citizen of the Year Awards.

BUREKUP

Location: Burekup Country Club
Time: Breakfast commences serving at 7.00am
Details: Gold Coin donation. Some seating and umbrellas provided.


Community Citizen of the Year Awards – 2021

NOMINATIONS

Youth

• Olivia Greathead

Olivia is a proactive member of her community. As an umpire of local sports she has been awarded the junior and senior umpire of the year awards in 2019 and 2020 along with mentoring younger umpires. She also volunteers with the Millbridge Lions assisting with coordination of community events.
At school, Olivia has participated at a state and national level for two years in the F1 Schools STEM challenge and also visited Japan and Canberra on school trips. In addition to working towards her Bronze Medallion, Olivia has just been appointed Head Girl for her school in 2021.

• Matthew Maguire

Matthew graduated from year 12 at Eaton Community College in December 2020 and in doing so achieved historic change through his advocacy for transgender students.

Born 14 weeks premature, Matthew developed cerebral palsy down the right side of his body. He’s endured four brain surgeries along with various other operations and medical procedures to maintain his mobility but is an inspiration to his fellow students having received a Citizenship Award and Science Award along with other academic achievements.

As a result of Matthew’s advocacy for transgender students, new legal names can now be published on school certificates and awards. Matthew received the first Graduation Certificate issued by Eaton Community College under the changes.

Community

• Cassie Fry

Cassie has contributed to her Burekup community in a variety of ways. Particularly as President of the Burekup Country Club where she improved administration procedures, overseeing important upgrades to the club building while coordinating community events and fundraising activities such as the canned goods drive, Share the Dignity bag collection and Seniors Christmas lunch. Cassie is a well-known champion for youth activities and worked with the Shire and CWA on youth week activities.

• Alan Charlton

Alan Charlton has been a member of the Dardanup West Bushfire Brigade for 23 years. He has served as Captain and been the Fire Control Officer for 16 years.
Alan’s knowledge and experience has been influential on the fire ground, particularly his ability to delegate and communicate with his team. Alan has inspired and mentored many less experienced members, going above and beyond to share his knowledge increasing the Brigade’s capacity to respond and protect the community.

Senior

• Leona Della-Sale

Leona is involved in many community groups, stays active, supports events and programs held within her community/town and is always willing to lend a hand to those in need.

Leona is currently the Treasurer of the very active Dardanup Senior Citizens. She is also a volunteer within the Crooked Brook Forrest group, contributes to her church, volunteers to assist with transport for those who are unable to rely on family, volunteers at community events. Leona shares all events and programs with the community to ensure no one misses out on an opportunity.

• Tony Jenour

For more than half a century, Tony Jenour has been volunteering for his community. His motivation is simply the opportunity to serve, and he enjoys helping others. Tony has been a volunteer for more than a dozen different organisations in the South West since 1957, many concurrently, and continues to serve today.
He has held leadership positions including president, vice-president or Chairman, as well as serving on numerous committees and boards. His volunteering has gone hand-in-hand with the challenges of running his 300-hectare tourism property in Burekup.

Tony served as a Shire of Dardanup Councillor between 1988 and 1992.

In 1988 he helped establish a steering committee that became the WA Farm and Country Holidays Association going on to serve as president from 1994-99. He served on the national board of the Australian Farm and Country Tourism Association and led the first Western Australian farmstay marketing group to a Singapore travel show in 1995 to entice international tourists to visit WA farm and country tourism properties. He continued to lead the WA farmstay mission to Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Taiwan for the next 10 years. Tony has been honoured with a life membership of the Australian Farm and Country Tourism Association (now named Bed and Breakfast and Farmstay Australia).

Tony has also served on the Shire of Dardanup’s tourism committee and subsequent Ferguson Valley Marketing Inc Committee; Bunbury Tourist Bureau; Wellington Forest Advisory Committee and Tourism South West Board of Management.

Tony was an active volunteer bushfire brigade member from 1963 to 2013 and for the past four years has been chairman of the Burekup Bushfire Brigade.

• Trevor Slater

Trevor has been a very active member of his community over many years. He’s a former Shire President of the Dardanup Shire Council, member of the Eaton Bushfire Brigade and leader of a local music group which entertains the community at various events.

He is an active volunteer and his natural leadership skills are an asset to the community.

• Jeanette Thomas

Jeanette has been proactive in her community for many years. Jeanette joined the Dardanup Townscape Committee approximately 20 years ago. During that time she has been involved in the planting of many trees in the Railway Reserve and also took on the responsibility of maintaining the Dardanup War Memorial (gardens and asset). Under this role Jeanette took care of the memorial gardens (including the pruning, weeding and care of the roses) as well as repainting the memorial and general maintenance associated with the site.

Jeanette was also heavily involved in construction and design of the Dardanup townsite entry statement wall.

Group

• Helpful Hampers

Run by Amanda and Ed, Helpful Hampers provides food and toiletry hampers to families in need in the Bunbury, Eaton, Australind, Collie and Busselton areas. Their contribution was especially important in 2020 due to the financial impact of Covid19 on some families.

Hampers are packed with frozen items such as meats, veggies, pizza, pies; non-perishable items like jam, coffee, cereal, long life milk, tinned foods and toiletry items such as deodorant, shampoo, razors, pads and tampons, body wash, soap, toothpaste and toothbrushes, toilet paper etc.

In total the hampers are usually valued at approximately $200 – $300 and are delivered to the family’s front door.

Potential recipients are confidentially nominated by members of the community.

• Joshua Crooked Brook Bush Fire Brigade – Cadets Program

JCB Bushfire Brigade has been running a successful Cadet Program for 2.5 years providing training and leadership to the next generation of firefighters. They are the only Shire Brigade to run a Cadets Program. The Cadet Program provides practical life skills, develops leadership, teamwork and initiative talents, as well as fostering qualities of community responsibility and service.

JCB dedication to these young people is inspiring and commendable. Within the short time the Cadet Program has been operating, six Cadets have completed their Introduction to Firefighting and Bushfire Fire-Fighting courses. Parents have reported changes in their child such as confidence, sense of responsibility for themselves and an obvious pride of belonging and acceptance of being a member of their local Bushfire Brigade.