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Bayside Community Award winners announced

Antonio Cipriano has been named Bayside’s Citizen of the Year 2024 in recognition of his incredible contribution to the Brighton Sea Scouts.

Antonio Cipriano – Bayside’s Citizen of the Year 

An award winner with two presenters.

Antonio is recognised for his outstanding contribution through involvement with the 1st/14th Brighton Sea Scouts (Mayors Own), providing leadership, mentoring and life skills to our young people.

The group is one of the largest Scout Groups in Australia, with more than 250 members. 

Antonio has mentored more than 20 leaders at the group, supporting and encouraging them through their training. 

Bayside Mayor, Cr Fiona Stitfold said Antonio’s commitment to leading the next generation made him a worthy recipient of the award.

“Antonio is an excellent role model for the young people at Brighton Sea Scouts and the wider community,” said Cr Stitfold.

“There were several excellent nominees demonstrating generosity and dedication to community members and Bayside.”

Amelie Taylor – Bayside’s Young Citizen of the Year

An award winners with two presenters.

Amelie is an inspiring young person who has already made a positive impact in our community.

She has been actively involved in volunteering, organising and coordinating events and fundraising efforts in Bayside from a very early age. 

These include the Bayside Farmers Market, where she would sell tickets and other fund-raising activities for Hampton Rotary. 

She was also part of the world record breaking - Glow for Good event in 2015 that raised $10,000 for behalf of the Robert Connor Dawes Foundation.

Phil Lovel – Bayside’s Senior Citizen of the Year

An award winners with two presenters.

As President of Neighbourhood Watch 3193 Phil has transformed the group into a dynamic community safety powerhouse which now covers Beaumaris through to Brighton.

Under his tireless leadership, the group produces a first class 16,000 copy newsletter that has become a de facto local paper. 

Phil is also instrumental in organising Neighbourhood Watch 3193’s other valuable activities for residents such as community forums on scams, safety and other topics which are attended by over 100 people each time.

Elizabeth Jensen – Environment Award for an Individual

An award winners with two presenters.

Elizabeth is a passionate volunteer and advocate for our local environment, most particularly at Ricketts Point.

Her association with this wonderful natural area runs over three decades.

Over that time, Elizabeth has created both land and sea-based activities to engage and educate the local community.

She established Beach Patrol 3193 to clean up litter along our wonderful coastline and encourage community engagement and education with the beach and foreshore environment.

Holy Trinity Kindergarten, Hampton - Environment Award for an Organisation Community Group

An award winner with two presenters.

Holy Trinity Kindergarten fosters environmental awareness through intentional teaching and day-to-day practices. This encourages children, families and the wider community to care for the planet.

The Small Steps, Big Impact program embeds sustainability to lighten the kindergarten’s carbon footprint. 

Program elements include a community vegetable garden, re-purposing food scraps, composting and worm farms, nude food lunchboxes and the much-loved kindergarten chickens.

Joint winners of Bayside Community Event of the Year: Disabled Divers Association and Hampton Community Centre

Two awards winners with two presenters.

The Disabled Divers Association and their All Abilities Snorkelling program has helped over 80 clients living with a disability to experience the wonders of the marine environment through snorkelling and scuba diving. 

Participants who have benefited from the snorkelling and scuba diving experiences live with a wide range of physical, intellectual and sensory disabilities and conditions.

The Celebrating Cultures Series conducted by the Hampton Community Centre offered community members an opportunity to experience, learn and enjoy the flavours, rhythms and traditions of other cultures.

Participants were encouraged to embrace and participate in new activities, food and learn more about other cultures.


Attendees enjoying the Bayside Community Awards event at Sandringham Yacht Club

Attendees at their tables at the community awards event.

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