Recognising local unsung heroes
Our annual Australia Day awards provide the chance to acknowledge local residents, whether they have excelled academically, in the sporting arena or have performed a great service to the community. Community groups are also acknowledged for their contribution to the City of Campbelltown.
|Citizen of the Year
||Nominees aged 18 and over as at 31 December 2021. Citizen who has made a noteworthy contribution to Campbelltown City.
|Young Citizen of the Year
||Nominees aged 17 and under as at 31 December 2021. Young citizen who has made a noteworthy contribution to Campbelltown City.
|Sportsperson of the Year (all ages)
||Person who has made an exceptional contribution or achievement in the sporting arena of Campbelltown City.
|Community Group Initiative of the Year
||Local group or organisation which has contributed an outstanding service to the City of Campbelltown.
|Diversity and Inclusion Award
The award recognises an individual or group’s contribution towards the disability sector and commitment to improve the lives of people with a disability. The award also encompasses a devoted carer or individual living with a disability.
|Environmental Citizen of the Year Award
||The award will recognise individuals and organisations championing litter reduction and/or environmental initiatives in their local community.
Make a nomination
Nominations are now open for the 2022 Australia Day Awards and will close in early January.
2022 Australia Day Award Nomination Form
Individuals who are Australian citizens who live in the Campbelltown Local Government Area, and locally based community organisations are eligible to be nominated for a Campbelltown City Australia Day Award.
You are not eligible if you are:
- A previous recipient of an Award in the same category
- An elected representative e.g. MPs, Councillors
- A recipient of Australian and Imperial Honours
- A member of the Australia Day Awards Sub Committee.
2021 Australia Day Award Winners
Citizen of the Year
The winner of the Citizen of the Year award goes to Uncle Ivan Wellington.
Uncle Ivan is an Aboriginal elder of the Dharawal people. He has been involved in many Council events during 2020 and even prior to that. Uncle Ivan is dedicated to the education of local people and spreading the Aboriginal culture throughout our community. He was involved in the creation of the Yarning Circle which was created at Koshigaya Park. He is highly involved with the youth of Campbelltown, particularly Aboriginal youth. He conducts Aboriginal smoking ceremonies at many Council events and external events.
Young Citizen of the Year
The winner of the Young Citizen of the Year award goes to Jaden Legaspi.
An exemplary leader, Jaden attended the College each day during the COVID-19 lockdown to guide the junior students. He takes part in the ActivateFire youth ministry program, Marist youth forum, Youth Ministry Leader, Marist Connect and Revelation team. Jaden is involved to ensure he is giving back to his community.
Sportsperson of the Year
The winner of the Sportsperson of the Year award goes to Kaden Smith.
Kaden trains 10 times a week and is dedicated to his sport of swimming, he is a multi-class swimmer. He has medalled at nationals 3 years in a row and in 2021 will go to his first Olympic Trials to try and gain a position on the Australian Para-Olympic team. He has been on the NSW-Para team. Kaden is just 17 years old.
Community Group Initiative of the Year
The winner of the Community Group Initiative of the Year award goes to Youth Solutions - Macarthur Drug and Alcohol Services Committee Inc.
Youth Solutions encourages young people in our community to engage in healthy decision-making, create connected relationships and empower people to seek support – especially vital in 2020. Youth Solutions adapted to remain connected to young people, referral services and the community to reduce and prevent the harmful effects of drugs and alcohol.
Environmental Citizen of the Year
The winner of the Environmental Citizen of the Year award goes to Martin Wallace.
Martin is the Assistant Principal at Campbelltown East Public School. He has been instrumental in rolling out key environmental initiatives throughout the Primary School for the many years he has been teaching. Martin's enthusiastic and driven approach has meant the success of many environmental outcomes including vegetable patches, bush tucker gardens, recently installing 1000 plants through our Koalatown Certified School's program and increasing biodiversity within the school grounds.
Martin spends a lot of his time outside of school hours working behind the scenes so that students and the environment alike benefit. He has integrated nature and gardening into many of the students’ lives at Campbelltown East Public School which has enriched their learnings and resulted in positive behaviours. Martin deserves this award for his dedicated and decades of hard work.
Disability Community Contribution of the Year
The winner of the Disability Community Contribution of the Year award goes to Caroline Norman.
Caroline's dedication to those with server psychosocial disabilities is amazing, she helps them to access the NDIS. All throughout COVID-19, Caroline continued to support those with psychosocial disabilities, advocating for the rights of those to be able to access appropriate services and support.
Australia Day Awards Ceremony 2021 from Campbelltown City Council on Vimeo.