Mosman Park residents joined friends and neighbours from Cottesloe and Peppermint Grove and headed to Cottesloe for the 2020 Combined Councils’ Australia Day celebration that took place on a brilliant Summer morning. This year’s Australia Day Award winners reflected the importance that the Town places upon learning and leadership across the generations.
The Town welcomed VIPs including the Australia Day Ambassador for 2020, Jeffrey Effendi, a former UNICEF Youth Ambassador and 2018 WA Young Australian of the Year Finalist. who shared an important message about the value of recording and sharing stories as a way of building connection and meaning. Jeffrey spoke about what Australia means to him and offered a challenge to those present to think about their own view of Australia and to be warm with each other, create safe spaces for conversation and give back to their neighbourhoods.
Also on hand were local federal member, Ms Celia Hammond, Member for Curtin; members of State Parliament – Hon Alana MacTiernan MLC (Minister for Regional Development; Agriculture and Food; Ports;), and Member for Cottesloe - Dr David Honey MLA who were welcomed by host Phil Angers, Mayor of Cottesloe. All gave thoughtful speeches about the importance of Australia Day as a moment to reflect on the values that make us Australian and the importance of defending them in our modern world.
Following the Welcome to Country given by Robyn Collard, Mayor 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 on behalf of the Town’s elected members and community.
The 2020 Town of Mosman Park Citizen of the Year Award was received by Mr Tim Barr. As a long term resident of Mosman Park, Tim has shown wonderful commitment and dedication to the Mosman Park community over many years through volunteering with junior sport, and as a leading member of the Mosman Park Men’s Shed, and as Quartermaster for the Mosman Bay Sea Scouts. As a former Australian Naval Officer, his military precision and organisational skills have transformed their boat maintenance and safety processes of the Mosman Bay Sea Scouts.
Tim is a wonderful example of Active Citizenship, leadership, volunteering and paying forward.
The 2020 Town of Mosman Park Citizen of the Year - Youth Award was presented to Anthony Stout. Anthony is a long-time and active member in Scouting in Mosman Park. After seven years of active youth membership, he has retained his membership and is giving back his time by training as a volunteer leader to guide the next generation of Cubs. In addition to running weekly Cub sessions, Anthony gives up his weekends to assist with the Scouts sailing program and has paid for his own boating qualifications so that the local troop can safely undertake Scout Water. Anthony has secured qualifications as an Education Support worker to support Scouts and Cubs with special needs.
Kevin Poynton was awarded the 2020 Town of Mosman Park Citizen of the Year - Senior Award.
Kevin was unable to receive his award in person as he is in Vietnam teaching English to young people in the Binh Duong province, continuing a lifetime focus on helping others, sharing knowledge and exploring the world. His award was received on his behalf by RSL Mosman Park Sub Branch Secretary, Trish Fynmore (pictured below, centre). Kevin is a former CEO of the Town of Mosman Park, and who always made time available for community members. As a former Lieutenant Colonel in the Australian Army Engineers, Kevin has been an active member of the RSL, as well as volunteering with many other charities associated with the Australian armed forces. Kevin shares his wisdom and knowledge with great generosity, through mentoring and teaching people around the world.
Finally, the Active Citizenship Award – Community Event of the year, was presented to Adam Zorzi of Australian Development Capital (ADC) for the Neighbourhood Nights event series. During April and May 2019, a whole new way of getting together emerged in Mosman Park when Australian Development Capital (ADC) held a series of events in the laneway behind the Wellington Heights shopping centre, known as “Neighbourhood Nights”. Over 3,500 people attended the five evenings, which were licenced events for all ages, and featured food trucks, live music as well as an opportunity for the community to express what they wanted from the redevelopment of that shopping precinct. It brought life, activity, laughter and song to what had previously been a dark and uninviting space. It attracted the participation of traders in the shopping area as well as those considering setting up a retail or hospitality business and started a genuine conversation about what residents love about our Town, what they want more of. It has established a new model of event that we hope will continue at Wellington Heights and also extend throughout the Town to our other shopping and retail zones if others can follow Adam’s leadership and example.
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: Europe (UK, Ireland, Czech Republic, France, the Netherlands, Italy, Poland), Asia (China, Thailand), USA, Canada, South Africa and Iran, 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 welcomed their new residents to the community.
Once the festivities were complete, hundreds tucked in to sausage sizzle 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 members of the Mosman Bay and Cottesloe scout groups.