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Warm Welcome for New Aussies and Local Legend on Australia Day

On a scorching Australia Day 2017, hundreds of locals gathered at the Town of Cottesloe’s Civic Centre where the Towns of Cottesloe and Mosman Park and the Shire of Peppermint Grove hosted their annual community celebration and gave a warm welcome to new Aussie citizens and one very special guest.  

In attendance was former captain of the Fremantle Dockers football club, Matthew Pavlich, in his role as an Australia Day ambassador.  Many young (and not so young) fans took the opportunity to meet ‘Pav’, to have their picture taken with him and to thank him for his years of service to the Fremantle community.  

On the day, 19 Mosman Park residents confirmed their Australian citizenship, having come to us from the United Kingdom and the USA as well as more exotic locations such as the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Chile and Bangladesh.  Mayor Norris officiated at the ceremony for the newly-affirmed citizens and welcomed them to the community.  A highlight, as always, of the occasion, was the announcement of the winners of the Town of Mosman Park’s Australia Day Awards.  

Citizen of the Year 2017 was presented to Ms Rhonda Miller, who has nobly served as Chaplain at the Mosman Park Primary School and School for Deaf Children since 2007.  Rhonda has demonstrated leadership on several community issues, encouraging local children to participate in charitable works as well as helping at-risk families and organising ANZAC and NAIDOC celebrations and activities.  She has shown leadership in promoting and providing before and after school as well as weekend activities for local children including breakfast clubs, swimming and netball coaching and parental support including indigenous students.  Rhonda exhibits inspiring qualities as a role model through showing genuine care, concern and commitment to the local school and wider community, offering grief and loss groups, programs on such issues as parenting, cyber bullying and protective behaviours.  To best assist the school community and their families, in her own time, Rhonda has secured additional professional qualifications including a Diploma of Counselling to enhance her effectiveness to the school community. She has also become competent in Auslan to enhance communication with Deaf students. 

Citizen of the Year (Youth) 2017 was presented to Amy Brades.  Amy is a positive and inspiring member of the Mosman Park community and has been an active member of the Mosman Park Youth Advisory Council since 2014, and has also taken on a leadership and coaching role in local junior sport, including netball. During that time she has volunteered her time at many community events and is known for her willing spirit and ready smile.  

The award for Citizen of the Year (Senior) 2017 was presented to Brian Millmore.  Brian was Chairman and an active committee member of the Mosman Park Community Men’s Shed from 2013 onwards, and led many enhancement and improvements of the Shed in its interactions with the community and has imparted his wisdom and leadership to many members.  He embodies the very spirit of the Men’s Shed movement, and has devoted much time and energy to its preservation and enhancement within Mosman Park and further afield.  

Finally, the Active Citizenship - Community Group of the Year 2017  was presented to the Mosman Park Community Group, accepted on their behalf by Sue Tinson, who herself is a former Citizen of the Year.  The Mosman Park Community Group is a not for profit seniors club that has operated for 20 years – meeting weekly at the Alf Adams Pavilion in Mosman Park, offering members social and sporting opportunities for local seniors.  Congratulations to all of our new Australian citizens and to all of the winners of our Australia Day Awards for this year.

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