Nominations for Fairfield’s Australia Day Community Awards now open

The 2017 Australia Day Community Awards winners (front, from left): Volunteer of the Year Robert Ward, Sports Achiever of the Year Elisabeth Kidane, Young Citizen of the Year Fadi Aluboodi and Citizen of the Year Roy Hilton. They are pictured with (at rear, from left) Fairfield City Manager Alan Young, Australia Day Ambassador Todd Greenberg and Mayor Frank Carbone.

The 2017 Australia Day Community Awards winners (front, from left): Volunteer of the Year Robert Ward, Sports Achiever of the Year Elisabeth Kidane, Young Citizen of the Year Fadi Aluboodi and Citizen of the Year Roy Hilton. They are pictured with (at rear, from left) Fairfield City Manager Alan Young, Australia Day Ambassador Todd Greenberg and Mayor Frank Carbone.

It’s that time again to recognise outstanding achievements during the past year or contribution to the local community over a number of years.

Nominations for Fairfield’s Australia Day Community Awards are now open and individuals who are Australian citizens who live, work or study in the Fairfield City Local Government Area can be nominated.

There are four award categories:

  • Citizen of the Year - 25 years and over
  • Young Citizen of the Year – 12 to 24 years
  • Volunteer of the Year - 12 years and over
  • Sports Achiever of the Year - 12 years and over

Fairfield mayor Frank Carbone said it was a great opportunity to acknowledge one of Fairfield’s “unsung heroes” who work tirelessly in the community.

“Many of them do this without seeking recognition. The Community Awards are therefore a great way to acknowledge the work they do and thank them,” Mayor Carbone said.

“These people give to others and make a significant contribution to our community and City.”

The winners will be announced at a special ceremony in January 2018.

Nomination forms and guidelines are available here.

Nominations close on Friday, November 3.

Note: Ages for the award categories are as at January, 26 2018.

2017 Australia Day Award winners

CITIZEN OF THE YEAR: Roy Hilton

Roy Hilton has been integral part of The Rotary Club of Wetherill Park for 20 years and has collected more than $500,000 over many local fundraising events making him a clear choice for Citizen of the Year.

Mr Hilton has coordinated various community events including the annual Carols at Horsley Park and the fundraising Golf Day.

SPORTS ACHIEVER OF THE YEAR: Elizabeth Kidane

Coach Patsy Tatian and Elisabeth Kidane.

Coach Patsy Tatian and Elisabeth Kidane.

Aerobics sensation Elizabeth Kidane is the Sports Achiever of the Year after a great 2016 that saw her place fifth at the World Championships.

Kidane is a member of the Sydney West Gymsports Aerobics program and trains 13 hours per week.

VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR: Robert Ward

Volunteer of the year: Robert Ward

Volunteer of the year: Robert Ward

Few could argue with Robert Ward’s selection as the Volunteer of the Year. Robert – more commonly known as Bob – is a founding member of the Western Sydney Cycling Network where he has been a volunteer for 10 years.

He has also volunteered at Fairfield Indigenous Flora Park for 10 years where he encourages people to look after our native plants.

YOUNG CITIZEN OF THE YEAR: Fadi Aluboodi

Young citizen of the year: Fadi Aluboodi (left)

Young citizen of the year: Fadi Aluboodi (left)

This year’s Young Citizen of the Year Fadi Aluboodi is very active in the community including being involved in the Fairfield Relay for Life, volunteering for the Salvation Army and becoming a White Ribbon Ambassador

Fadi also volunteers at Summit Care Aged Care Facility on a fortnightly basis.

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