City of Kingston's celebration of Australia Day is hosted annually on 26 January at Kingston City Hall, Moorabbin.
The celebration includes:
- A Citizenship Ceremony welcoming 100 new Australia Citizens
- Announcement of the Australia Day Award Winners
- Buffet Brunch
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 at Council’s Australia Day Celebration on 26 January.
Nominations for the 2021 Awards will open later in the year.
Citizen of the Year 2020
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.
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 cannot self-nominate and can only be nominated in one category. 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 again.
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 his or her contribution was in the course of employment, voluntary 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.
Once nominations have closed, the selection panel will consider all eligible entries against the assessment criteria and select a winner in each of the categories.
The selection panel consists of the Mayor and fellow Councillors of the City of Kingston.