Ancient Traditions, New Beginnings and Civic Spirit Highlighted on Australia Day

It was the Town of Mosman Park’s turn this year to host the annual Combined Councils’ Australia Day celebration and the community came out in big numbers to join in a day of fellowship and harmony.  The Town welcomed VIPs including the Australia Day Ambassador for 2018, Ms Fadzi Whande, who is an outstanding young woman who has devoted her life to the promotion of tolerance and social harmony.  

Also on hand was Member for Cottesloe and former Premier, The Hon Colin Barnett MLA (attending for the final time in this role), Mr Greg Hekkens, representing the Honourable Julie Bishop MP; Mr Nigel Peters, representing the Department of Home Affairs, with co-hosts Mayor Phil Angers - Town of Cottesloe and Shire President Rachel Thomas - Shire of Peppermint Grove.

Following the Welcome to Country given by Mr Olman Walley on behalf of the Whadjuk Noongar peoples, the Mayor of the Town of Mosman Park, Brett Pollock, drew connections between the old and the new – honouring ancient traditions while celebrating new beginnings as citizens of Mosman Park, Cottesloe and Peppermint Grove took their oaths of citizenship.  

He also announced the Town of Mosman Park’s Australia Day Award winners – the awards recognise people of all ages who have made an outstanding contribution to the local area, as well as community organisations that help to make Mosman Park a special place in which to live, work, study and play.

The 2018 Town of Mosman Park Citizen of the Year Award was received by Ms Gill Vivian. 
As instigator and ongoing coordinator of the 'Safety in Mosman Park' group, Gill connects individuals within the Mosman Park community by providing information, shared understanding and avenues for local residents to raise concerns or questions. 
Over the past year Gill has organised -
•    Meetings with the Town of Mosman Park Council to discuss safety concerns;
•    Information Sessions with the Local Police to assist in building relationships with the local authorities and learn how to increase security in our area;
•    Meetings with the Department of Housing to explore ways to create harmony within our diverse community; and 
•    Meet and greet opportunities for local residents to get to know their neighbours and community.

Gill does these things as an active citizen. She goes above and beyond in her role as an informal community leader because she cares about people.   She is approachable, genuine and action focused and we are grateful for her contribution to our community.

2018 Town of Mosman Park Citizen of the Year - Youth Award was presented to Lachie Jones.  Lachie has been a member of the Mosman Park Youth Advisory Council for 2 years and is the current Deputy Chairperson as well as Chairperson of the STOMP! Sub Committee. Lachie volunteers at Australia Day, Anzac Day, the Mosman Park Community Fair, Neighbourhood Barbecues, Skatepark consultations and Halloween at the Grove Library as well as other events run by the Youth Advisory Council.  In 2017 Lachie was the Chairperson for an events subcommittee for STOMP! run by the Mosman Park Youth Advisory Council. The event was held in September 2017 and was a great success thanks to the countless hours of work Lachie put in.  In addition to his involvement with the Mosman Park Youth Advisory Council, Lachie is an Army Cadets Lance Corporal who hopes to be promoted to Corporal by February and is working to achieve his Duke of Edinburgh Silver Award.

Margaret Baldwin OAM was awarded the 2018 Town of Mosman Park Citizen of the Year - Senior Award for service to local sport.  Margaret, or “Mrs B” as she is affectionately known is a true Mosman Park legend - a regular volunteer with the Mosman Park Primary School for over 50 years taking on many roles from coaching netball, to accompanying classes to and from swimming lessons, to filming school assemblies.  A keen sportsperson, Margaret also has a long history with the Mosman Park Junior Cricket Club and the Mosman Park Netball Club in which she first served as Secretary in 1961 and to this day remains an active committee member. Margaret was elevated to Patron of the Mosman Park Netball Club in 2017, recognising her outstanding contribution to the club over so many years.  Margaret’s legacy is reflected with her receiving the Town of Mosman Park Mayoral Trophy in 1980 at which time the netball courts on Gibbon St where named the Margaret Baldwin Centre in her honour.  Beyond Mosman Park, Margaret also received the Director-General of Education’s Award of Merit in 1985 and was awarded the Order of Australia Medal in 2005.  

The Mosman Craft Markets were awarded the 2018 Town of Mosman Park Active Citizenship Award – Community Event of the Year, and this award was received by Mr Mike Ansell on behalf of the Mosman Park Community Men’s Shed.   The Mosman Craft Market is an annual event run by the Mosman Park Community Men’s Shed each November. Over 60 members of the Mosman Park Community Men’s Shed and Rotary Club of Mosman Park-Cottesloe work on the event which is coordinated and run entirely by volunteers.  While retaining a focus on providing a fun, family day out and the sale of genuine WA crafts, the Market has grown each year and evolved to include popular activities such as “Antiques Re-Discovered” and last year’s display of veteran and vintage cars.  The market also serves as an open day at the Men’s Shed, creating awareness of the many different activities taking place, from gardening through to welding and woodwork.  The market organisers also provide free space to local community groups and sporting clubs giving them the opportunity to raise funds for their individual projects and promote themselves to local residents.  Surplus funds raised through the event go towards the operation of the Mosman Park Community Men’s Shed and subsidizing services such as the community bus and community barbecue trailer which the Rotary Club are using to prepare breakfast this morning.  It was fitting that Mike Ansell accepted the award on behalf of the many volunteers involved in putting on this great community event, as the key driver behind this very popular local event.

Finally, the ICEA Foundation was awarded the 2018 Town of Mosman Park Active Citizenship Award - Community Group of the Year.  Received on their behalf by Aggie Manel, the award was given to the Indigenous Communities Education and Awareness Foundation, or ICEA Foundation, which is a youth driven not-for-profit organisation that works to inspire reconciliation and promote mutual respect and Indigenous cultural awareness in local schools and in the wider West Australian community.  With the philosophy is that everyone undergoes his or her own reconciliation learning journey, or ‘Kuditjiny’, ICEA’s actions are driven by the desire to support this journey through facilitating positive experiences, building strong, genuine relationships, and fostering greater cross-cultural understanding.  A wonderful example of this philosophy is the ICEA Classic that is held in Cottesloe each year – an event that brings together West Australians from all walks of life for a fun filled day of surfing, skating, basketball competitions, live local music, cultural activities and food.   Other ICEA programs include the Yarn program which fosters a safe space for facilitated discussions in schools and the broader community, the Maladjiny Project where young people compete in 3 on 3 basketball and battle of the bands competitions, and the Remote Communities Program.  

Prior to the award presentations, Mayor Pollock welcomed residents of Mosman Park to take their oaths of citizenship, and this year there were migrant representatives from a variety of origins including: the United Kingdom, South Africa, Singapore, Spain, the Philippines, Canada and Japan, who all now proudly call Australia home as citizens of our nation.  The Mayor of the Town of Cottesloe and the Shire President of Peppermint Grove, also presented their Australia Day Awards and welcomed their new residents to the community.  

Once the festivities were complete, hundreds tucked into a barbeque brunch provided by the Combined Councils and prepared by the Rotary Club of Mosman Park-Cottesloe with support from the Mosman Park Youth Advisory Council. Many lingered in the glorious Summer sunshine, with entertainment provided by the Mighty Camelot Choir, to reflect on the meaning of the day, whilst making new connections and catching up with old friends.


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