Councils Combine to Celebrate Australia and Recognise Heroes of All Ages
Each year the Town of Mosman Park Australia Day Awards recognise outstanding community service over a number of years by individuals and community groups who volunteer and/or provide services within Mosman Park.
The Town’s 2016 Australia Day celebration, which once again was run with neighbouring Councils from Peppermint Grove and Cottesloe, was held at Manners Hill Park, where residents both young and more senior were recognised for their outstanding efforts in enriching the lives of their fellow community members of all ages.
Community Event of the Year 2016 – SToMP!
The 2016 Mosman Park Community Event of the Year was SToMP! is an ‘amazing race’ style event run by the Mosman Park Youth Advisory Council. SToMP! is an event which was created by the Mosman Park Youth Advisory Council and has been run by its members for the past three years. The event, which is open to local 10 to 18 year olds, is a fun, morning long race around Mosman Park with interactive challenges run by local groups at their own facilities. Participant numbers have increased each year and easily reached the 100 person maximum last year. Twelve local community and sporting groups have been involved with the project over the past three years, running SToMP! checkpoints to raise awareness of their organisations and encourage young people to try their activities. The event has helped increase awareness of the Mosman Park Youth Advisory Council (MPYAC) and has been praised by participants, parents, and local groups as both a fun day out and an important way of connecting young people with their local community. Mayor Norris thanked the MPYAC for their contribution including their support during the Australia Day celebrations
Community Group of the Year 2016 – Mosman Park Netball Club
The Mosman Park Community Group of the Year for 2016 was awarded to the Mosman Park Netball Club. The Club is made up of local residents and boarders from both Iona and St Hilda’s schools and has players ranging in age from 11 year olds to 50 year olds. 2015 was a particularly successful year for the Club with the number of teams increasing to seventeen plus two teams from Mosman Park Primary School which are supported by the club. Fourteen of those seventeen teams made the finals this year with the club winning seven premierships. This is an outstanding result for the club and credit to all the coaches and officials, many of whom have been volunteering with the club for many years. Mayor Norris made special mention of Margaret Baldwin’s long standing contribution to the Club. Margaret has been a coach and member of the executive committee of the Mosman Park Netball Club since 1961. Margaret continues to share her passion for netball as Secretary and Treasurer of the club as well as coaching several junior and senior teams. Mayor Norris described her as “truly an inspiration to us all.”
Young Citizen of the Year 2015 – Amelia Bates
Amelia (Millie) Bates is 14 years of age and has been a volunteer at the Western Knights Soccer Club for two years where she assists with coaching younger players. She is highly valued as a volunteer with the club and is always helping the coaches and other volunteers set up and deliver practice. Her effort in helping the 4 to 10 year olds in particular with their training is regarded as priceless by the club. Millie has also been a volunteer with St Luke’s Community Garden since April 2010 where she assists with weeding, letterbox drops, planting, busy bees, baking, cleaning up and craft with the younger children. Mayor Norris described Millie as “an asset to the citizens of Mosman Park”, and commended her for her hard work which she does in collaboration with her Mum, Tonia, who is also a hard-working volunteer for the Club.
The obvious pride in Mosman Park shown by these remarkable people was also given a further boost during the Australia Day ceremony, when 27 residents of Mosman Park pledged their oath to our country as new Australian citizens.
The new residents hail from all points of the globe – from the Czech Republic to Zimbabwe, and from South America and Russia as well as popular destinations including the UK and the Asia Pacific. “We are proud to welcome these new citizens into our community and look forward to enjoying the contribution they will make, informed by their unique heritage, living in harmony in our beautiful and vibrant Town,” Mayor Norris said.
Residents wanting more information about the great community work done by the Mosman Park Youth Advisory Council, the Western Knights Soccer Club, the Mosman Park Netball Club, or about citizenship ceremonies, contact the Town of Mosman Park on tel: 9384 1633 or email firstname.lastname@example.org