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Australia Day Awards

Awards overview

The Australia Day Awards are celebrated annually in Bayside on 26 January.

Bayside residents who have made a noteworthy contribution during the current year and/or given outstanding service to the local community over a number of years are eligible. Nominations close Friday, 9 December. 

To complete the nomination

  • Please supply a photo of the nominee where possible
  • You may provide supporting documents that illustrate the benefits to the local community
     

The award categories are:

  • Citizen of the Year
  • Young Citizen of the Year
  • Senior Citizen of the Year
  • Community Event of the Year
  • Environmental Achievement - Individual
  • Environmental Achievement - Organisation

Nominate a Bayside resident, community group for an Australia Day Award or an Environmental Achievement Award. 

Type of nomination
The person must be 27 years or older on January 26 2023.
The person must be under 27 years of age on January 26 2023.
The person must be over 65 years of age on January 26 2023.
For the group or organisation who has staged the most outstanding community event during the year. This includes online events.
Organisations includes community groups, schools and businesses.
Event details
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Australia Day Environmental Achievement Awards

The Australia Day Environment Awards recognises the environmental excellence of individual Bayside residents or organisations that take leadership in the local community with an initiative, project and/or activity. This award recognises those residents, schools and businesses that aim to empower and inspire others, form partnerships and show commitment and perseverance.

If further information is required for judging purposes, a panel representative may contact, visit and/or take additional photos via arrangement.

Selection categories: 

  • Maintaining and restoring the City of Bayside’s natural assets
  • Using natural resources wisely
  • Reducing our everyday impacts
  • Responding to climate change
  • Living more sustainably in the home
  • Making/have made an outstanding, positive difference to the natural environment and community of Bayside.
  • Protecting and/or enhancing Bayside’s waterways, coastal surroundings, open space, native vegetation and wildlife preservation.
  • Highlighting water efficiency features and practices, resulting in a significant reduction in potable water use.
  • Demonstrating sustainable garden design with the utilisation of indigenous, local or exotic plants and/or food production; e.g. vegetable and herb garden, fruit trees and/or chicken pen.
  • Demonstrating and/or encouraging others to purchase environmentally friendly products; e.g. recycled content packaging, Fair Trade products, organic produce and materials.
  • Using sustainable gardening techniques; e.g. composting, worm farming, crop-rotation, seed saving, organic weed control.
  • Increasing waste diversion and improving waste minimisation practices.
  • Encouraging sustainable practices to be implemented at home.
  • Taking measures to reduce demand for resources and avoid the creation of waste; e.g. by reusing and recycling materials and products.
  • Significantly reducing energy use and/or working towards carbon neutrality.
  • Demonstrating and/or encouraging the use of sustainable transport including walking.
  • Adapting home/business/lifestyle for the long term impacts of climate change such as water shortages, food scarcity and increased average temperatures.
  • Helping others to adapt to the long term impacts of climate change; e.g. getting to know your neighbours, especially the vulnerable, to ensure that they are informed and considered during and after an extreme weather event.
  • Sharing information and resources to encourage others to take environmental actions, building community around an initiative that promotes environmental sustainability (e.g. community garden).
  • Demonstrating leadership in the promotion, education and/or information sharing about community and environmental issues.
  • Enhancing Bayside’s built/natural environment, community spirit, culture and heritage, health and/or well-being to achieve environmentally sustainable outcomes.
  • Implementing an initiative that highlights the protection and/or enhancement of Bayside’s waterways, coastal surroundings, open space, native vegetation and wildlife preservation.
  • Highlighting water efficiency features and practices, which have resulted in a significant reduction in potable water use.
  • Demonstrating and/or encouraging others to purchase environmentally friendly products, developing products with lower environmental impact; e.g. recycled content packaging, Fair Trade products, organic produce and materials.
  • Reducing demand for resources and avoiding the creation of waste; e.g. by reusing and recycling materials and products.
  • Significantly reducing the organisations environmental footprint.
  • Demonstrating a whole-of-organisation commitment and participation in sustainable practices and education; e.g. waste diversion and minimisation.
  • Reducing the organisation’s everyday impacts through partnerships with other community groups and/or organisations.
  • Significantly reducing energy use and/or working towards carbon neutrality.
  • Demonstrating and/or encouraging the use of sustainable transport including walking.
  • Helping others to adapt their homes/business/lifestyles for the long term impacts of climate change; e.g. water shortages, food scarcity and increased average temperatures.
  • Reaching out to the community, particularly to the vulnerable, ensuring they are informed and considered during and after an extreme weather event.
  • Participating in ResourceSmart Schools or other sustainability programs.
  • Incorporating sustainability into everyday operations of the school, business or organisation.
  • Educating and inspiring the community, including celebrating successes.
  • Sharing information and resources to encourage others to take environmental actions.
  • Demonstrating leadership in environmental and/or sustainability issues.

 

Contact details for further information

For enquiries email LDavidson@bayside.vic.gov.au or call 9599 4388.

The awards will be announced on Australia Day 26 January.


 

Previous Australia Day Award winners

Bayside Citizen of the Year

An energetic dedication to fighting social isolation has won Glenys Reid the Bayside Citizen of the Year 2022 accolade.

Glenys is Managing Director of Chatty Café Scheme Australia, which has been piloting a program across Bayside that will potentially be rolled out across Victoria.

Glenys and her team have been working hard to get businesses across Bayside to sign up to become a Chatty Café venue.

Venues allocate a 'chat' table for the use of volunteer facilitators and community members who come along for a cuppa and some company.

Read Acknowledging our wonderful community for the full story.

Young Citizen of the Year

This award has gone to Kevin Thong who established the Self Made Project, which aims to minimise the education gap by offering free tutoring for students from Primary School all the way to VCE.

Senior Citizen of the Year

And proving age is no barrier to helping improve the lives of others, 80-year-old Brenda Todd has been a volunteer for eight years at the Asylum Seekers Resource Centre.

She also volunteers with Grandmothers for Refugees, the Brighton Bayside Life Activities Club and Brighton Theatre Company. 

Brenda is Bayside Senior Citizen of the Year 2022.

Community Event of the Year

Following 89 days of lockdown in 2021, the community relished the opportunity for a pre-Christmas celebration and reconnection at Black Rock House Community Christmas Carols.

That much-welcomed and extremely well organised event has won the Friends of Black Rock House the Community Event of the Year award.

Environment Award - Individual

This has been given to long-term affiliate of many and varied “Friends of ..” groups in Bayside, Sue Raverty.

The veteran environmentalist is known for her engaging contributions to the popular Banksia Bulletin and her much-loved lockdown videos of the reserves and open spaces in her 5k limit.

Environment Award - Community Group

St James Catholic Primary School has picked up this gong for their Sustainable School program. 

Their fabulous Urban Food Forest, with containers of herbs, tomatoes and peppers, is just one wonderful element of a complete overhaul of their outdoor space.

Bayside Citizen of the Year

President of Bayside Community Emergency Relief group, Deb Brook is Bayside’s Citizen of the Year 2021.

Deb Brook was presented the award in recognition of her outstanding contribution to Bayside through her work mobilising and educating the community to effectively help those in need. 

Alongside a large group of committed volunteers, Deb works tirelessly to provide rapid response support in emergency situations including bushfires, COVID-19, escaping family violence and more.

During the January 2020 bushfires, Bayside Community Emergency Relief mobilised over 6300 people in the Bayside Community to donate requested items for fire ravaged communities and wildlife shelters affected.

Young Citizen of the Year

Sam Higgins was recognised as the 2021 Young Citizen of the Year for his leadership as a young person living with cerebral palsy.  Last year, Sam shared his story on ABC Radio through the Take Over Melbourne initiative inspiring many to not let anything get in the way of achieving their dreams.

Senior Citizen of the Year

The Senior Citizen of the Year Award went to community man Derek Jones to recognise his contribution to keeping Bayside beautiful. As the convenor of the Friends of Bayside Road program, Derek has enthusiastically and effectively driven FoBR administration and management, set strategic directions and maintained team morale.

Community Event of the Year

Bayside Community Emergency Relief Inc was recognised as Community Event of the Year Award for the COVID comfort packs. BCER donated 538 COVID comfort packs to residents in non-for-profit aged care centres and 200 comfort packs for children displaced by family violence. Each pack was carefully assembled by the hands of volunteers over a number of days. 

Environment Award- Individual

John Eichler was recognised as The Environment award for an individual for his extraordinary voluntary contribution to the photo documentation of the flora, fungi and fauna of Bayside and his high degree of skill as a scientific photographer.

Bayside Citizen of the Year

Long time Bayside resident and Grace Heart Church Reverend Bruce Corben was recognised for his outstanding contribution to Bayside through his work at the church where he and his team of over 20 volunteers, work tirelessly to support vulnerable members of the community and provide them with support, resources and opportunities to improve their circumstances.

Some of their initiatives include providing cooked lunches to those who may not have access to a nutritious meal, establishing multiple community groups and providing free information sessions on a range of topics.

Alongside his work at the church, Bruce Corben has been a volunteer for the State DHHS intellectual disability service for 17 years, concentrating his efforts in the Bayside Community.

Young Citizen of the Year

Emily Fairweather was recognised as Young Citizen of the Year for her work through the community initiative she founded, Flourish Programs. Emily advocates on behalf of young people to promote anti-bullying and help teens transition from primary to secondary school.

Community Event of the Year

Highett Neighbourhood Community House was recognised for their important R U Ok Day event where they hosted over 35 community and service organisations to discuss important topics on mental health.

Senior Citizen of the Year

Centenarian Ralph Butcher OAM was recognised for his contribution to the families of Australian Defence Force veterans and his significant volunteering and mentorship positions in Bayside over the years.

Environmental Award - Individual

This was presented to Derek Jones for his work as the Founder of Friends of Bayside Roads and his drive to keep Bayside roads clean.

Environmental Award - Organisation

The Bayside Toy Library took out the award for its work educating community members that frequent the library to share, donate and repair toys for reuse for many years.

Bayside Citizen of the Year

Black Rock resident and 'Pink Lady' Joan McLean was recognised for her outstanding contribution to Bayside over more than 65 years of volunteering in a variety of roles.

At 84, Mrs McLean is in her 31st year of volunteering as a Sandringham Hospital 'Pink Lady'. She has volunteered throughout her life including with local Cub groups for 16 years and ‘Meals on Wheels’ for more than 30 years. She was a Red Cross Blood donor for 30+ years.

Mrs McLean has given tirelessly of herself since the age of 19, donating her time, energy and even blood to help others. She is to be commended on her continuing dedication to her community.

Young Citizen of the Year

Stella Wadeson was recognised for her advocacy on behalf of young people in Bayside and as a peer supporter for South Goulburn Island indigenous exchange students at St Leonard’s College.

Community Event of the Year

The Bayside 100th Anniversary of Armistice Commemorative Service at Green Point, Brighton Beach was recognised as the community event of the year.

Environment Award- Individual

This award was presented to Ms Elizabeth Walsh for championing the cause of Bayside’s wildlife and habitat for many decades.

Environmental Award - Organisational

Boomerang Bags Bayside was recognised for raising awareness of plastics pollution and creating more than 4,000 recycled fabric bags as a sustainable alternative to single-use plastic bags.

Bayside Citizen of the Year

Sergeant Arran Ferguson was recognised for his outstanding contribution to making Bayside a safer place by bringing the police and community together.

The award recognises his efforts to build strong connections between Victoria Police and the local community over his 22 years of service. Sergeant Ferguson has been a champion of community engagement for Victoria Police.

He initiated the extremely successful Coffee and Copper program in Bayside, public safety/security forums and actively engages with the local community via social media.

Sergeant Ferguson is also a dedicated volunteer, contributing time and boundless energy to his community through his work with local clubs, mentoring young people and assisting at community events.

Young Citizen of the Year

The award was awarded jointly to Millicent Roper and Stevie-Lou Answerth for their work to develop an inclusive culture at Firbank Grammar and other local Bayside schools.

Community Event of the Year

The PRG 24 Hour Charity Bike Ride raised valuable funds for Sandringham Hospital.

Environmental Award – Individual

Ms Meren Reid and Mr Robert Saunders were recognised for their long-standing volunteer contribution to Bayside’s wonderful natural environment.

Environmental Award – Organisation

1st/14th Brighton Sea Scouts took out the award for their innovative “Leading on Litter” beach monitoring program which is contributing to better understanding of plastics pollution in Port Phillip Bay.