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Australia Day Awards

City of Kingston’s annual Australia Day Awards recognise and honour the outstanding achievements of citizens and community groups who have made a significant contribution to the local community.

Award winners are announced each year on Australia Day (26 January).

Nominations for the Australia Day 2021 Awards are now closed. 

Nomination Categories

  • Citizen of the Year
  • Community Group of the Year


To be eligible for an Award, nominated individuals must be Australian citizens who either live, work or study within the City of Kingston.

We're looking for nominees who have made a noteworthy contribution during the current year and/or given outstanding service to the local community over a number of years.


Individuals can only be nominated for either Citizen of the Year or Community Group of the Year; they cannot be nominated in both categories for the same contribution.

Individuals cannot self-nominate.

Community Groups

Community Groups must be not-for-profit organisations, operating with the City of Kingston and must consist of four members or more.

Previous award winners are ineligible to win in the same category.


Assessment Criteria

Nominees are assessed with regard given to:

  • significance and impact of contributions made
  • demonstrated level of commitment to the betterment of the Kingston community
  • degree of difficulty of the achievement and sacrifices made
  • nature and length of activity or service
  • future goals and likely impact on the Kingston community
  • previous awards and recognition received
  • demonstrated excellence in their field
  • individuals: whether their contribution was in the course of employment, volunteering or both
  • personal attributes of the nominee such as being an inspirational/positive role model for their peers, showing vision, leadership, innovation and creativity
  • personal, academic and professional achievements
  • community groups must demonstrate that they meet a community need or priority.

Independent Referees

All nominations are required to be supported by two independent referees.

To be independent, referees must not be a family member of an individual nominee or a member of a community group nominee. The ideal referee is someone who knows the nominee well and can offer insight into the individual’s or community group’s contribution to the City of Kingston.

Referees do not need to provide anything in advance, but will be contacted by Council to participate in a short phone interview as part of the selection process. Referees must agree to be part of the nomination process and be contacted by Council.

Selection Process

Once nominations have closed, the two independent referees will be contacted to participate in a short interview regarding the nominee.

The selection panel will use the information provided in the nomination along with the referee’s responses to consider all eligible entries against the assessment criteria and select a recipient in each of the Award categories.

The selection panel consists of the Mayor and fellow Councillors of the City of Kingston. 

Hard Copy Nominations

To submit a nomination in hard copy please download and complete the Australia Day Awards 2021 nomination form.

For assistance with obtaining a hard copy form please contact the Events team at or on 1300 653 356.

Hard copy nominations can be returned:

  • Mail:
    Australia Day Awards
    City of Kingston
    PO 1000
    Mentone VIC 3194

  • In person: 
    Australia Day Awards
    City of Kingston 
    1230 Nepean Highway

2020 Award recipients 

Citizen of the Year

Helen Hollis

After a celebrated netball playing career, Helen returned to Kingston in 1994 and has been a key driver for local women’s sport, in particular netball.  Helen has worked tirelessly to promote women’s participation in sport through netball and has been instrumental in integrating local netball and football clubs for increased community connections. 

Helen's list of achievements is too long to detail in full, but includes:

  • 20 years of volunteering for local netball including as a club coach,
  • 10 years as Club president,
  • association coach
  • founder of two local netball clubs.

Helen was also the leading voice behind successfully securing much-needed new netball courts in Kingston’s south that has allowed the game to be opened up to new generations of players. 

Congratulations also to the other nominees for 2020:

  • Brian Hunt - Brian has been a tireless volunteer over decades for a host of local community groups including the Parkdale Cricket Club, Parkdale Vultures footy club, St John Vianney’s church and primary school, St Bede’s and the list goes on.  
  • Feliciano Roxas - Feliciano has volunteered for almost 40 years serving as Director of Philippine Fiesta of Victoria, member of the Clayton & Clarinda Leadership Group, an original member of the Kingston Men’s Shed, Karkarook Park volunteer and many more.  
  • Felix Jia - Felix has harnessed his passion for our local environment and launched a children’s beach patrol team “Little Protectors” that engages children in helping clean up our beaches.
  • Geoff Gledhill - Many of you will know Geoff as a two-term Kingston councillor, but he also volunteers with Mordialloc Life Saving Club, Clean Up Australia and serves on the Parkdale Secondary School Council and is president of Bentleigh Rotary. 
  • Julia Monique Reichstein - A qualified librarian, Julia has dedicated years of service to the Mentone Public Library serving in a variety of roles to ensure the centre not only survived but thrived.
  • Les Baguley - A successful local flower grower, Les has given back to the community over the past 20 years by donating produce to Sacred Heart Mission’s food kitchen and provides land to three charities to grow food for homeless and disadvantaged people across Melbourne.  
  • Noble (Bill) Joseph David - ‘Bill’ has not let personal adversity hold him back from supporting the local community through the Men’s Shed, as a support for new immigrants, as President of the Victorian Road Accident Support Association and many more. 

Community Group of the Year

Chelsea Community Christmas Lunch

The Chelsea Community Christmas lunch was inspired by local community minded children. It was from the ideas of a prep and grade 1 child that wanted to do something to help their community at Christmas, that the Chelsea Community Christmas lunch was born. The parent of these children came together as a group of volunteers to organise and coordinate the annual event that has now grown to over 140 guests.  

The Chelsea Community Christmas Lunch provides all guests a warm environment with lunch dessert, drinks, desserts, salads and food to take away for the homeless the needy and anyone who is alone on Christmas day. 

Congratulations also to the other nominees for 2020:

  • Dingley Village Men’s Shed - The Men’s Shed is an outstanding example of a community-based organisation helping our community on an individual and group level: The amazing growth (200 members in 6 years) shows the need for such an activity.
  • Legends of the Skies (also known as LOT’s) - An annual theatre production regarding aviators and aeroplanes titled “Legends of the Skies” featuring original scripts that are performed at venues including the Moorabbin Australian National Aviation Museum and Parktone Primary School.
  • Friends of Mordialloc College – Historical Society & Community Group - The Friends of Mordialloc College group was established as a community group dedicated to recording and preserving the long history of the school and in celebrating the City of Kingston’s enduring and important connections with education in the district. The group brings together citizens of all ages in fellowship and connection.