At the Town of Mosman Park’s Australia Day celebrations, two selfless and civic-minded women, and a local military history association were recognised for their outstanding efforts in enriching the lives of their fellow community members of all ages at the Town’s Australia Day Awards.
Each year on Australia Day the Town of Mosman awards outstanding community service over a number of years by individuals and community groups who volunteer/provide services within Mosman Park.
Citizen of the Year 2015 – Gwen Speirs
Gwen is a key volunteer at the St Luke’s Anglican Church Precinct. As a Church Warden, Gwen has the responsibility of looking after the grounds and buildings, assisting Reverend Angela Webb with all necessary activities of the Church. She organises the Tea Room at the St Luke’s OpShop and is in charge of the recruitment, training and organisation of up to 200 volunteers for the annual St Lukes EcoFair, held in May each year. Gwen has been a volunteer at St Luke’s for 10 years, averaging 50 volunteer hours per month and her ability to encourage others to assist is outstanding. Gwen has the ability to see what needs doing and the discernment to approach suitable people to assist with the given task. Gwen loves the Mosman Park Community in all its facets and engages with enthusiasm and energy to promote all that is good in this town. In conferring the award upon her, Mayor of the Town of Mosman Park, Ron Norris remarked that Gwen was a deserving winner of the award for Town of Mosman Park Citizen of the Year, describing her as: ‘…a great neighbour, community member and generally an outstanding individual’.
Young Citizen of the Year 2015 – Georgie Carey
Georgie Carey has been a member of the Mosman Park Youth Advisory Council for four years and is the current Chairperson. She has been actively involved in a number of community events in her time with the Youth Advisory Council including the Mosman Park Community Fair, STOMP!, ANZAC Day Celebrations, Ampfest, Skate Clinics and the Halloween celebration at the Grove Library. She regularly attends leadership programs and has been the Youth Member for Cottesloe in the WA Youth Parliament, a LEAP Foundation USA Leadership Program Participant, One Girl Ambassador, UN Youth WA Young Leaders Forum Co-Convenor and FYA Unleashed Youth Leadership Festival Participant during 2014. She continuously makes an effort to be involved within the community and to make Mosman Park a better place for the Town’s young people. A first year Commerce student at the University of Western Australia and Fogarty Foundation City Scholarship recipient, Georgie is a role model and constant source of motivation and inspiration to other young people. Mayor Norris described Georgie as: ‘…an exceptional young woman and we are extremely proud to have her as part of our Mosman Park community.’
Community Group of the Year - 2015 – Leighton Battery Heritage Site - Royal Australian Artillery Historical Society – WA (accepted by Mr David Carter and Mr Phil Rowson).
The Royal Australian Artillery Historical Society of Western Australia exists to develop and maintain the historical heritage of artillery in Western Australia. The ongoing restoration of the Leighton Battery Heritage Site, which has been entered in the Register of the National Estate as a significant World War Two Coastal Defence Facility, is carried out by a team of dedicated volunteers. Thirty volunteer guides and cashiers attend the Leighton Battery Heritage Site every Sunday for tours of the tunnels with over 4,000 people attending last year including school, RSL, scout and community groups. The Leighton Battery Heritage Site is recognised as a world class attraction and has received much appreciated assistance from the Town of Mosman Park’s Community Chest fund and Lotteries Commission for their great work. A leading light for the Leighton Battery, Don Rae AM, was also recognised in 2014 as the Town of Mosman Park’s Volunteer of the Year.
The obvious pride in Mosman Park shown by these remarkable people was also given a further boost during the Australia Day ceremony, when 24 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 cool Nordic climes of Sweden and Denmark, the mountains of Nepal, the exotic streets of Argentina and Brazil, as well as a continued strong showing from the United Kingdom, Ireland and South Africa. “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 St Luke’s Anglican Church, the Eco Fair at St Luke’s, the Mosman Park Youth Advisory Council, the Leighton Battery, and the Town of Mosman Park’s Community Chest and Citizensip Ceremonies, contact the Town of Mosman Park on tel: 9384 1633 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Images of and interviews with the recipients are available upon request.