2012 Australia Day award winners

Yarra's Australia Day awards were presented at Council's annual Australia Day citizenship ceremony held on 26 January 2012.

The awards recognise individuals and groups who have made an outstanding contribution to the Yarra community.

Here is some more information about Council's 2012 Australia Day award winners:


Citizen of the Year - Glenda Lindsay

Fitzroy resident Glenda Lindsay, who has encouraged the local community to grow and share fresh food, is Yarra’s Citizen of the Year. Glenda has created a community garden in her backyard to provide an area for neighbours to grow food. Glenda has spearheaded several local projects aimed at preventing food from ending up in landfill. She helped form the Fitzroy Urban Harvest, a monthly event where home gardeners meet in Smith’s Reserve to swap their excess produce, and Compost Mates, which in six months turned more than 12,000 kilograms of food waste from local cafes into nutrient-rich compost.



Young Citizen of the Year - Makot Wol

Makot has been involved with Yarra Youth Services over a number of years and has been recognised for his efforts as a music mentor. As part of Youth Services' Rising High music program Makot supports young people in developing their song-writing and performance skills, helping to build confidence and self-esteem. He has also encouraged many young people to engage with Youth Services more broadly for support and new opportunities.



Woman of the Year - Bich Ha

Bich has been recognised for her work as the Manager of Health Promotion and Community Building for North Yarra Community Health. She has worked on several significant projects aimed at up skilling and empowering disadvantaged Yarra residents to become more involved in their local community. Most recently Bich started the Collingwood Family Harmony Project, which will work with a range of communities to address issues relating to family violence.



Community Service of the Year - LiveWires

LiveWires provides quality, safe ‘out of school hours’ care free of charge to primary school aged children from the Collingwood Public Housing Estate. Run by Concern Australia, the LiveWires program aims to teach children leadership skills, cultural awareness, study skills and healthy eating habits through activities such as art and craft, sport, cooking and gardening. LiveWires enhances the social development of children through increased school attendance, improved health, increased literacy and improved learning.



Community Event of the Year - Pink Affair to Remember Luncheon

Since 2006 the Pink Affair to Remember event has grown into a major fundraiser for the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) Encore Program, which supports women recovering from breast cancer. A committee of four Yarra women volunteer to organise the annual event with the support of local businesses and other volunteers. More than $30,000 was raised at the 2011 event to ensure the YWCA Encore programs can continue to help women across Melbourne recover from breast cancer through gentle physical exercise and emotional support.


Further Information
Michael Ward
Community & Civic Events Officer
9205 5086


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