Mosman Park Community Members Awarded for Civic Spirit on Australia Day
Civic-minded members of the Mosman Park community were rewarded for their selfless service on Australia Day 2014 as recipients of the Town’s Australia Day Awards.
Each year on Australia Day the Town of Mosman Park presents awards to recognise outstanding community service over a number of years by individuals and community organisations who reside, work or volunteer/provide services within Mosman Park. This year the following individuals and community group received an award:
Citizen of the Year - Dhana Richardson
Dhana has volunteered for both the Mosman Park Primary School (MPPS) and Mosman Park Junior Football Club for the past 8 years. For the MPPS, Dhana organised the refurbishment of the kindy kitchen – a project that took 3 years to complete; and in 2013 Dhana took a management role in the school’s musical, What a Knight, that raised $10,000 in funding for the school. She has also played a leadership role as Canteen Coordinator in guiding the school and students towards making healthier food choices.
Young Citizen of the Year 2014 – Alexandra Beerli
Alex is an active, contributing member of the Rotary Club of Mosman Park, where she participates in a wide range of community support activities. She has also been a member of the Mosman Park Youth Advisory Council since 2006 and in that time has been awarded two grants in support of her activities. Alex successfully juggles these civic pursuits with full-time university studies and part-time work. She always displays initiative and maturity and is seen as a role model to members of the Youth Advisory Council and other young people in Mosman Park.
Community Group of the Year 2014 – Mosman Park Community Men’s Shed
(accepted by Dave Bowman)
The Mosman Park Community Men’s Shed, based at Tom Perrott Reserve, Mosman Park, provides a well-equipped, welcoming environment in which men can share their interests and expertise as well as providing a learning environment for those wanting to acquire a wide range of new skills. The Shed is the largest in the whole of Western Australia, boasting 230 members whose ages range from 23 to 87 years. It offers classes in computing, woodworking, amateur radio, cooking, photography, metal work, horticulture and vintage vehicle restoration. Working in the Shed provides a vital social networking opportunity for men of various ages with similar interests.
In conferring the awards, Mayor of Mosman Park, Ron Norris said the recipients exemplified the spirit of community-mindedness that is so prevalent in the Town, and worthy of proper acknowledgement.
“So often, our community members and organisations like those we applaud today, give of their time without fuss or fanfare, or seeking recognition – they are driven by selflessness and generosity of spirit, knowing that a good deed done is its own reward. It is for this very reason that we must make the effort to let them know that their efforts are noticed, and appreciated,” Mayor Norris said.
The awards were presented during a combined Council’s event for Australia Day that also featured a citizenship ceremony in which 29 Mosman Park residents became new Australian citizens and pledged their allegiance to our nation. The group hailed from all corners of the globe including Algeria, Brazil, India, Indonesia, Singapore, and United Arab Emirates, as well as a continued strong showing from Ireland, New Zealand, Scotland, South Africa and United Kingdom.
This year, 2014, marks the 65th year of Australian citizenship – it is an opportunity to celebrate what unites Australians on Australia Day but also to acknowledge the importance of citizenship in Australia.
The status of Australian citizenship was created by the Nationality and Citizenship Act 1948 which came into force on 26 January 1949. Australia Day 2014 will kick off year-long festivities to mark the 65th anniversary with a record breaking 17, 863 people expected to become Australian citizens around the nation, 29 of which reside in Mosman Park.
“For those becoming Australian citizens, it is a particularly significant occasion, marking the final stage of their migrant journey as they pledge their commitment to Australia and its people and accept the privileges and responsibilities of Australian citizenship,” Mayor Norris said.
“We are proud to welcoming these new citizens into our community and look forward to enjoying the contribution they will make, informed by their unique heritage and culture, living in harmony in our beautiful and vibrant Town.”
Images of and interviews of the recipients are available upon request.