Nominations open for 2019 Australia Day Community Awards

Recognised: 2018 Australia Day Award winners Simaima Taufa, Desmond Ettingshausen, Krystyna Whittaker and Rowena Tran with their awards at last year's ceremony.
Recognised: 2018 Australia Day Award winners Simaima Taufa, Desmond Ettingshausen, Krystyna Whittaker and Rowena Tran with their awards at last year's ceremony.

Do you know someone who makes a valuable contribution to Fairfield?  Well, now is the time to recognise their efforts.

Nominations are now open for the 2019 Australia Day Community Awards 2019. 

The awards celebrate outstanding achievements or contributions to the local community by individuals who live, work or study in Fairfeld.

The four award categories are:

  1. Citizen of the Year (25 years and over).
  2. Young Citizen of the Year (12 to 24 years)
  3. Volunteer of the Year (12 years and over)
  4. Sports Achiever of the Year (12 years and over).

Fairfield mayor Frank Carbone said Fairfield is full of “unsung heroes” who work tirelessly in making the city great.

“Many of them do this without seeking recognition,” he said.

“The Community Awards are a great way to acknowledge and thank them for the work they do.

“These people selflessly give their time for others and make a significant contribution to our community and city.”

The winners will be announced at a special ceremony in January 2019 at Fairfield Council Chambers.

Nomination forms and guidelines are available from council’s website: fairfieldcity.nsw.gov.au. Nominations close on Friday, November 2. Nominees mist be Australian citizens.

Last year’s winners:

CITIZEN OF THE YEAR: Desmond Ettinghausen

For the past 46 years, Desmond Ettinghausen  has shared his love of athletics with many generations of children at CabraVale Diggers/Fairfield Athletics Centre. The Smithfield resident has coached hundreds in his many roles in the centre.

SPORTS ACHIEVER OF THE YEAR: Simaima Taufa

A member of the World Cup winning Jillaroos, Simaima Taufa won the Dally M Female Player of the Year medal and NSW State Player of the Year award. Off the field, the 23-year-old has a passion for helping the next generation as part of the Creating Chances program.

VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR: Krystyna Whittaker

A dedicated member of the St Vincent de Paul Society, Krystyna Whittaker has volunteered in Fairfield for more than 30 years dedicating her time to serving people in need through visiting them in their homes and assisting with financial and material assistance.

YOUNG CITIZEN OF THE YEAR: Rowena Tran

An active member of the Fairfield Youth Advisory Committee, the Cabramatta resident helped out with the Fairfield Relay For Life where she helped organise entertainment and sponsorship.