City of Cockburn, PO Box 1215, Bibra Lake DC, Western Australia, 6965
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Cockburns Active Australia Day Citizens for 2017

The City of Cockburn has welcomed four new recipients to its coveted list of Premiers Australia Day Active Citizen Award winners.

The awards for 2017 were presented by Mayor Logan Howlett at the Citys annual Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony.

Mayor Howlett said the awards celebrate the contribution active people make to the community.

These contributions can come in many forms and the awards recognise ordinary people who make an extraordinary difference to our community and foster Australian pride and spirit through active citizenship, Mayor Howlett said.

This years winners are: 

  • Active Citizen Award V Overall: Alan Stewart from Harvest Lakes Residents Association (HLRA)
  • Active Citizen Award - Youth: St John Ambulance (WA) Event Health Services member Benjamin Gilbert (18)
  • Active Citizen Award - Senior: Jean Willis Centre volunteer Bill Nuttall
  • Active Citizen Award V Community Group/Event: Coolbellup Community Association


Alan Stewarts efforts have helped HLRA become one of the Citys strongest and most active residents groups.

He has been instrumental in ensuring HLRA can continue to operate, Mayor Howlett said.

He has volunteered with great enthusiasm to support the aims and aspirations of the Association but more importantly, he is always available with willing hands at events and associated activities.

Alan is also a member of Cockburn Probus Club, serving in a variety of positions such as President, Secretary and Outings Officer.

By taking on all these roles, he has helped to safeguard the longevity of the club, Mayor Howlett said.

Benjamin Gilberts impact on the local St Johns division and the community has been extraordinary, despite being one of St Johns youngest members.

In 2016 alone, he contributed more than 350 hours of community service, showing a strong passion and keen interest in providing first aid in the community as a Volunteer First Aider, Mayor Howlett said.

He also participates in the First Aid Awareness Program promoting first aid to school children, local community groups and the general public through interactive displays and demonstrations.

Last December, Benjamin was also named winner of the youth category in the City of Cockburn 2016 Inspirational Volunteer Awards.

Described as an inspirational team member, Bill Nuttall has volunteered at the Jean Willis Centre for 12 years.

He brings with him a breath of fresh air, a warm smile and big heart, Mayor Howlett said.

He has a kind word for everyone and is interested in everything. Bill helps clients on and off buses, supports fellow volunteers, serves up meals, joins in daily activities and entertains with his stories.

Bill has volunteered with Friends of the Community for the past decade and can be found helping at many functions, sports days and community events.

Represented by Rona Dean & Jane House, Coolbellup Community Association (CCA) is a residents group passionate about their suburb and making it even better.

This group is committed to working together to make a difference and their enthusiasm, along with the warm and welcoming character of the group, has seen it continue to grow in membership, Mayor Howlett said.

Along with the Coolbellup Community Market, the CCA has been involved in a film night, engaging with youths at the Skate Park Pizza event and caring for the environment at planting days, busy bees and supporting the retention of trees where possible.

They have also been involved in identifying changes needed at Cooby Hub and participate in the monthly Fruit and Veg Swap which contributes to the free verge food project. They are now working on a community mural to give the area a facelift.

This year the City of Cockburn has two official Australia Day WA Ambassadors V Dreamfit Foundation founder Darren Lomman and Perth member of the Australian Synchronised Swimming team that went to the 2016 Rio Olympics, Deborah Tsai.

Mr Lomman established Dreamfit V now owned and operated by the Ability Centre V to create equipment to improve accessibility and quality of life for people with disability.

He spent three years designing and building a hand-held, controlled motorcycle to help fulfil the dreams of a man unable to ride his motorcycle after becoming a paraplegic.

His passion and skill earned him many prestigious awards including Australian Young Biomedical Engineer of the Year 2005, WA Young Person of the Year 2006, WA Citizen of the Year Youth Award 2006, WA Young Australian of the Year 2007 and most recently one of 2014s 10 Outstanding Young Persons of the World by Junior Chamber International.

Ms Tsai (22) was a member of the Australian Synchronised Swimming team that placed 8th overall at the Rio Olympics.

Born in Singapore, Ms Tsai came to live in Perth when she was 15, attending All Saints College and graduating with a Bachelor of Commerce from UWA at the end of 2015.

She began as a competitive gymnast, before making the switch to Synchronised Swimming in 2007 and making her first Australian team in 2010.





Group shot of Citzens of the year with Mayor Logan Howlett

Mayor Logan Howlett, JP with Australia Day WA 2017 Award Recipients

Left to Right :  

  1. Mr Alan Stewart, Citizen of the Year 2017; 
  2. Ms Rona Dean, representing the Coolbellup Community Association, Active Citizenship Award Community Group 2017;
  3. Mr Benjamin Gilbert, Young Citizen of the Year 2017;
  4. Mr Bill Nuttall, Senior Citizen of the Year 2017.

Mayor Logan Howlett, JP with Australia Day WA 2017 new citizens and VIPs on the steps of City of Cockburn Administration Building

Mayor Logan Howlett, JP with Australia Day WA 2017 new citizens and VIPs on the steps of City of Cockburn Administration Building.

Mayor Logan Howlett, JP with Australia Day WA 2017 Ambassador Mr Darren Lomman.

Mayor Logan Howlett, JP with Australia Day WA 2017 Ambassador Mr Darren Lomman.

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