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City of Kingston Australia Day Awards announced

26 January 2017

An environmentalist, a sportsclub volunteer, community advocates and a youth mental health committee were among Kingston’s leading community members honoured at the 2017 Kingston Australia Day Awards.

The awards were announced as part of Kingston Council’s annual Australia Day Breakfast on Thursday January 26 at the Kingston City Hall.

Four awards were announced on Australia Day - Citizen of the Year, Outstanding Citizen Award, Community Group of the Year and Young Community Group of the Year.

Presenting the Awards, Kingston Mayor David Eden said the award winners were selected from a fantastic group of nominees, all of whom had helped make Kingston a stronger community.
“The winners, and indeed all of the nominees, have made outstanding contributions across a wide range of areas in Kingston,” Cr Eden said.  “We have some amazing volunteers in Kingston and these awards are a great way to thank them for their efforts and acknowledge the positive impact they make.”

Citizen of the Year  – Mary Rimington
Mary Rimington has dedicated more than four decades to protecting the area’s environment and heritage.
She has been an active member of a wide range of environment groups over many years including the Mordialloc Beaumaris Conservation League, Kingston Conservation & Environment Coalition, Australian Conservation Foundation, Environment Victoria and the Port Phillip Conservation Foundation.

In 1995 she received an OAM for her services to Conservation and the Environment and in 2001 was included in the Victorian Woman’s Trust publication Ordinary Woman Extraordinary Lives.
Local environmental campaigns she has worked on included:

  • successfully lobbying for the closure of sewage works that degraded Dandenong and Mordialloc creeks
  • stopping a proposal to concrete line the Mordialloc Creek
  • spending countless hours preparing well-researched submissions to various government departments
  • ·numerous appearances at VCAT to argue conservation matters
  • preserving vegetation in the Green Wedge and foreshore areas.

Outstanding Citizen Award  – Colin Anderson  

A life-long Cheltenham resident, Colin Anderson has made an enormous contribution to a number of local sporting clubs over almost half a century.

He has served as a coach, committee member, president, club manager and spent countless hours rolling up his sleeves as a volunteer at the Cheltenham Cricket Club, the Cheltenham Baseball Club, the Cheltenham Football Netball Club and the Cheltenham Football Club.

His years of dedicated service have earnt him life membership at four different clubs and seen him make a positive difference in the lives of thousands of junior sports players in the area.

Community Group of the Year
 –Dingley Village Community Association
The Dingley Village Community Association is a group of keen locals that have worked over many years to preserve, protect and improve Dingley Village.
Their dedicated team has tackled a broad range of local issues including planning, lobbying for upgraded streetscapes, reducing the noise impacts of Moorabbin Airport on nearby residents and improving public parklands.
The Dingley Village Association plays as active role on the Moorabbin Airport Aviation Consultative Committee and makes regular submissions to all levels of government to ensure the character and environment of Dingley Village is enhanced.

Young Community Group of the Year
– Headspace Youth Advisory Committee

The Headspace Youth Advisory Committee offers a strong youth perspective on mental health issues of young people in the south-eastern region.

The volunteer members, aged 18-25, are helping raise awareness of the need for greater mental health support for young people in our community and are working to remove any stigma for young people seeking assistance.

The Committee has played an active role in Kingston including visiting local schools to raise awareness and share personal stories with young people.

They have also partnered with the Kingston Youth Services FReeZA Committee at promote Headspace services at local youth events.

Young Citizen of the Year
The Young Citizen of the Year Award will now be presented as part of Youth Week Activities in April.
Mayor David Eden said the move would ensure that young people making a positive contribution to the local community would be honoured as part of Youth Week celebrations.
“We’re looking forward to naming our Young Citizen of the Year in April and shining the spotlight on the fantastic efforts of our young people,” Cr Eden said.
“We’ve already got some fantastic nominations and would encourage others to nominate young volunteers who are making a significant contribution in Kingston.”

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