The Australia Day Awards and Citizenship Ceremony was held on Thursday 26 January 2017 at the Woodville Town Hall.
Congratulations to the winners of the 2017 Australia Day Awards for the City of Charles Sturt:
2017 Citizen of the Year: Tracey Davis
Tracey Davis is an artist, illustrator, theatre performer, community leader and long-time Kilkenny resident. During the past year she has demonstrated outstanding community leadership, through coordinating and supporting a considerable range of community projects and events in Croydon, West Croydon, Kilkenny, Woodville Park and Woodville.
Tracey has been responsible for leading the following projects:
Tracey has been responsible for setting up and updating Facebook groups for all of the above projects, as well as organising many events to ensure the continuation of these projects. She continues to enthusiastically post information about local community events. She has an excellent ability to network and support local residents with to improve their neighbourhoods.
Tracey has also lent her support to the following successful community projects or events: Rosetta St Greening, Belmore Terrace Project, Croydon to Kilkenny Water Balloon Fight, Kilkenny Community Market and the West Croydon Fruit and Vege Swap,
2017 Young Citizen of the Year: Arman Abrahimzadeh
In 2013, after the criminal trial and sentencing of the terrible murder of his mother, Arman was nominated to become a White Ribbon Ambassador. Since then, he has been passionately advocating for better policies, procedures, and legislation to protect women and their children against domestic violence.
During the past few years he has been involved in a range of events and forums, which discuss men's behaviour, violence in the home and workplace, and abusive and unhealthy relationships. He is a regular speaker at SA Police seminars and SA Police domestic violence cadet training and attends regular workshops and forums at schools, universities, sporting and service clubs.
In 2014, after the coroner’s report on his mother’s death was handed to the South Australian Premier, Arman was heavily involved in a variety of events and initiatives to assist the state government departments achieve White Ribbon Workplace Accreditation. Arman is a strong believer of the primary prevention campaign and in his many media appearances has described domestic violence as a disease that has infected our communities. He believes, just like an illness, domestic violence can be prevented and has shifted this responsibility not only on men (as majority of perpetrators) but the community as a whole and also the corporate sector.
Arman is a co-founder of the Zahra Foundation Australia, whose core objective is to educate women, empower them and through that break the cycle of violence. He is a member of the Adelaide White Ribbon Breakfast Committee, an ambassador for Our Watch Australia, a board member for KWY Aboriginal Corporation, a board member for Educating to End Violence Inc and a member of the Charles Sturt Grange Rotary Club.
2017 Community Event of the Year: West Beach Parkrun
The West Beach Parkrun has been serving the community of the City of Charles Sturt and surrounding areas since the beginning of June 2016. In that time, it has provided a weekly social event focused on healthy lifestyle choices in a fun and inclusive setting.
West Beach parkrun is wholly supported by volunteers and is free for all participants. Since inception over 750 individual runners / walkers have participated. Together they have run more than 9,600 kilometres!
The strength of the event is its focus on lowering the barriers to participation, being inclusive and encouraging. Anyone from the age of four can participate, parents with children in prams and walkers or runners with dogs are welcome.
In 2016, West Beach parkrun facilitated 29 events, hosted over 2,600 participants and given the opportunity for volunteering to over 240 individuals.
The event is held EVERY Saturday morning and will only ever be cancelled if there is a safety concern. So, the volunteers put this event on in all manner of weather conditions for the community of The City of Charles Sturt.
This event also provides economic benefits to the local businesses with parkrun participants visiting local cafes for coffee and breakfast after the run as well as local shops. Many visitors from interstate and overseas have come to the City of Charles Sturt specifically to run the parkrun course.
West Beach parkrun has made significant contributions to the lives of those members of the community who wish to improve their fitness, wish to lose weight, or those looking to form part of a social community group.
It provides a place of belonging and a reason to get out of bed on a Saturday morning and a great way to start the weekend!
Below is our post from Facebook which includes more photos: