Mosman Park residents joined friends and neighbours from Cottesloe and Peppermint Grove and headed to Manners Hill Park for the 2019 Combined Councils’ Australia Day celebration that took place under glorious summer skies. This year’s Australia Day Award winners reflected the importance that the Town places upon leadership and mentoring within the community.
The Town welcomed VIPs including the Australia Day Ambassador for 2019, Ashlee Harrison, who shared an important message about the value of mateship and checking in on our friends and family, as a way to prevent the tragic loss of life due to suicide – a subject she is very familiar with as the founder of suicide prevention advocacy group, Zero to Hero.
Also on hand were members of State Parliament - Member for Cottesloe Dr David Honey MLA; and Alannah MacTiernan MLC; who were welcomed by host Rachel Thomas, President of the Shire of Peppermint Grove and co-host Phil Angers, Mayor of the Town of Cottesloe. Each gave thoughtful speeches about the importance of Australia Day as a moment for reflection that unites the community in the spirit of tolerance and harmony.
Following the Welcome to Country given by Geri Hayden on behalf of the Whadjuk Noongar peoples, the crowd were delighted to witness a didgeridoo performance by Ms Hayden’s son and a ritual dance performance by her grandsons, depicting the vibrant movements of the emu and kangaroo. Mayor of the Town of Mosman Park, Brett Pollock, announced the winners of the Australia Day Citizen of the Year Awards for Mosman Park – the awards recognise people of all ages who have made an outstanding contribution to the local area, as well as community organisations that make Mosman Park a special place in which to live, work, study and play. The winners were congratulated by Mayor Pollock, Deputy Mayor Zenda Johnson and many others.
The 2019 Town of Mosman Park Citizen of the Year Award was received by Mr Geoff Davey.
Geoff Davey has been on the staff of Mosman Park Primary School for many years, first as a Year Three class teacher, and more recently as a Senior Teacher specialising in Sports and Physical Education. Geoff has been active in a leadership and mentoring role with his students, particularly the young boys, for whom he models the values of having a go, taking risks, stepping up to take challenges, and the importance of maintaining good health and nutrition. Geoff models these good lifestyle choices as a keen surfer, cyclist, sportsman and angler, and as a loving and supportive father to his three young children.
2019 Town of Mosman Park Citizen of the Year - Youth Award was presented to Olivia Martin.
A student at Iona Presentation College, Olivia has been a member of the Mosman Park Youth Advisory Council since 2015. She has been the chairperson of the MPYAC for almost a year now and has exceeded expectations in her role. She has a brilliant attitude and really gives her all every YAC event. Olivia is one of the most committed members of the Mosman Park Youth Advisory Council who can always be relied upon. Over the past three years, she has volunteered at Australia Day, Anzac Day, Mosman Park Community Fair, Skate Park consultations and Halloween at the Grove Library as well as events run by the MPYAC such as STOMP! and the YACtivate! Youth Conference.
Peter Dring was awarded the 2019 Town of Mosman Park Citizen of the Year - Senior Award. Peter Dring has been a major contributor to the building of the award-winning Russell Brown Adventure Park and attends all busy bees to maintain the park. He organised all of the heavy machinery (front end loader and bobcat) to be donated for the 8 week construction period. Peter is the perfect gentleman that helps all the people he meets to achieve a higher ethical standard and leads by example. As an active member of the Mosman Park community, Peter helps to motivate and mentor young and old people. He has helped the Men’s Shed with his gentle nature and active seeking of sponsors for the Shed and enhancing its financial sustainability. He is also an active member of the Royal Agricultural Society, in his role as Honorary Councillor and Sponsor. Peter is a quiet achiever who is always prepared to help the community in Mosman Park.
The Mosman Park Tennis Club was awarded the 2019 Town of Mosman Park Active Citizenship Award – Community Event of the Year, received by Joanne Crawford on behalf of the Club.
It has been a big couple of years for the Mosman Park Tennis Club, who welcomed a new President during 2018. The Club have worked hard to make active recreation opportunities available for residents of all ages and abilities. Recently the Club began running free social tennis in October, and this has become a very popular activity, with all courts full of local ‘Mossie’ people who are meeting, sharing the fun of having a hit, and making new friends. During 2018 the Town of Mosman Park was pleased to partner with the Club to deliver for them an upgrade to their facilities, with a new outdoor patio roof and entertaining area, which will assist the Club to attract new members and to maximise opportunities for the social side of tennis.
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: Canada, UK, Hong Kong, Poland, Serbia, Switzerland, Russia, Turkey, Italy, France, Korea, and Sudan, 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 in to 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, and Mosman Park’s elected officials Councillor Andrew Baird and Councillor Georgie Carey.
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.
Pictured above L-R : Joanne Crawford (Mosman Park Tennis Club), Peter Dring, Mayor Pollock, Olivia Martin and Geoff Davey