Congratulations to 2018 Australia Day Award winners
The winners of the 2018 City of Port Adelaide Enfield Australia Day Awards were announced tonight at a ceremony at Enfield Community Centre.
These prestigious Awards celebrate the exceptional people and groups who have made an outstanding contribution in their community. The event is part of Council’s two day Australia Day celebration.
Mayor Gary Johanson says he looks forward to presenting the awards each year. “This is a chance for us to recognise and appreciate the service, commitment and achievements individuals and organisations give to enhance community spirit and pride to make our city a better place.”
Mayor Johanson added, “These awards allow us to show our appreciation on behalf of the community. Whilst most community heroes don’t do it for the credit, it is always nice to be recognised.”
The Mayor commended all nominees across the Award Categories. “The calibre of nominations this year was very high. We were so impressed with the work being done by community groups and individuals right across our City
2018 City of Port Adelaide Enfield Australia Day Award Winners
Citizen of the Year – John Baker
John Baker was awarded Citizen of the Year in recognition of his contribution to community sport through decades of involvement as a player and volunteer with the Gepps Cross football club and Northgate Community and Sports Club. He has been player, coach, team manager and runner for many years, assisting with both junior and senior teams. John has contributed to the administration of the club for over 35 years and held roles as Chairman, Director, Treasurer, and Committee Member. He has also been inducted as a life member for his years of dedication and hard work. John was also a key facilitator in obtaining sponsorships for the club and attracting significant funding.
Young Citizen of the Year – Benito David Carbone
Benito David Carbone is a passionate individual who avidly helps out youth, in particular, disadvantaged youth on the Peninsula. He is a Church Youth Worker for the Port Church co-ordinating the youth group for 15-20 local teens every Friday night and is also a Technical volunteer for Sunday services at the Church. David is a volunteer journalist, writing articles covering Premier League games for Basketball SA and also volunteers for a radio program called ‘The Wire’.
Community Event of the Year – CityReach Baptist Church Oakden- Carols Alive
CityReach Baptist Church Oakden has been recognized for their Carols Alive Event. More than 300 volunteers helped put on this event which attracted over 4000 people from the community. The Church makes no profit from this event and ensures that every year it is well organised, successful and enjoyable for community.
Emerging Event/Community Group of the year – joint winners
CityReach Baptist Church Oakden - Joy to the City Weekend
CityReach Baptist Church Oakden recruited over 200 volunteers together from the in June 2017 for their first Joy to the City Weekend. Across the weekend, the group serviced the community of Port Adelaide Enfield. These volunteers refurbished the Western Area Domestic Violence Service, sanded and painted local park benches at Roy Amer Reserve, dropped gift packages off to local fire fighters and ambulance officers, put on a free concert at Helping Hand Nursing Home, donated 40 care packages to the Western Adelaide Domestic Violence Service, and gifted dozens of blankets to the Leukaemia Foundation. CityReach Baptist Church Oakden planned these activities months in advance to ensure that the support to the community is meaningful and engaging.
The Port Adelaide Athletics Club - Indigenous Athletics Squad
The Port Adelaide Athletics Club formed a local athletics squad for Aboriginal Youth. Their Indigenous Athletics Squad has engaged a large number of youth who were not otherwise engaged in sport and supported them to train and compete. Their program assists individuals who want to further their sporting aspirations. Their objective is to engage the aboriginal community with athletics and competitions.
Service to the Community Awards
Recipients included Josh Watts, Lee Drew, Shane Cook, the Port Church for their ‘Pop up Kitchen’ and One Culture Football for ‘Inclusive Futsal’.
For interviews with Australia Day Award winners please contact the City of Port Adelaide Enfield.