The Premier’s active citizenship awards foster, recognize and celebrate significant contributions to community life and active citizenship in all local government areas of Western Australia.
The following recipients have been selected because they have made a noteworthy contribution during the year or given outstanding service to the local community over a number of years through active involvement.
For the Community Group award a special mention goes to:
Community volunteers of the One Stop Shop
The One Stop Shop provides a comfortable connective space for over 55s, through free classes and activities the volunteers support the idea of positive aging, giving support in this transitional time.
Volunteers oversea the day to day running of the drop in centre, providing among other things computer tuition and maintaining the rooftop garden. Well done to everyone involved.
And the winner of the Community Group award is…… Rethink the link
Rethink the Link is a dedicated community group who believes there is a better solution to the proposed Perth Freight Link and the raft of economic, environmental and social impacts it will have on the local community. The group promotes sustainable transport solutions and its overall goal is to convince the State and Federal governments to rethink their commitment to the Perth freight Link in its current form and consider an alternative sustainable transport solution.
They are highly organized, mobile and deeply passionate. In a short time they have generated significant community support . A great example of this was last year’s Fremantle Festival, where an orange sea of around 2 000 people marched in protest of the PFL in the annual festival parade.
Congratulations to everyone involved in Rethink the Link.
In the under 25s category the winner is….
Ben facilitated Catch Music’s Fremantle Session, volunteering his time and going above and beyond to make sure the Fremantle group were able to showcase their hard work.
His dedicated efforts in welcoming members of the Fremantle community regardless of age, cultural background, ability or disability made Catch Music Fremantle a resounding success.
Fremantle has a proud history of producing great music and an equally proud history of being inclusive and accepting of all people. Ben exemplifies the very things that make Fremantle great and for that we thank and congratulate him.
The Premier’s Active Citizenship Award
A notable mention goes to…
Aprile has been volunteering for Amnesty international for nearly 2 years. During this time she has been responsible for setting up a Fremantle action group to raise awareness about human rights and the treatment of refugees through information stalls, photo booths, movie screenings and petitions.
Her commitment to human rights sees her recognized here today. Keep up the great work Aprile!
The winner of the Premier’s Active Citizenship Award this year goes to…
Adin is the founder and driving force behind the Friends of Hollis Park community group. The groups aim is to rehabilitate the degraded areas of Hollis Park and surrounding areas into something the community can enjoy for generations to come.
Adin’s passion and commitment saw his idea to plant 20-50 trees by a small group of locals grow into a full-scale project with an ever growing group of volunteers and contributors.
The defining moment of the group came in July 2015 when volunteers planted 5,000 native trees in under three hours to redefine the area. It was a great event and united the local community.
Well done Adin – your commitment to Fremantle and your local community is unquestionable. On behalf of the City of Fremantle I congratulate you on winning this year’s Active Citizenship award and wish you well with the ongoing work of the Hollis Park rejuvenation project.