City of Wollongong Australia Day Awards 2018
All Australia Day Awards 2018 nominees were invited to the Awards presentation dinner on Tuesday 23 January 2018. Our Australia Day Ambassador Amy Duggan also shared the night with us. For details on these Awards, visit our Australia Day page.
Congratulations to our 2018 Australia Day Award Winners
Citizen of the Year – Vicki Tiegs
Vicki co-founded the Illawarra International Women’s Day Committee in 2005 where more than $250,000 has been raised for local Illawarra women’s charities as well as creating awareness of the issues women still face. She is a founding member of Legacy (Wollongong & South Coast) Business and Community Support Committee. In 2016 Vicki helped establish an Orange Sky Laundry van in the Illawarra where she brought together community leaders to drive the initiative and provided ongoing support and advice.
Senior Citizen of the Year – dual winners – David North and Dr Annette Beaufils
David’s lifelong involvement in Scouting NSW began in 1958 when he joined as a Cub. Over the years he has held numerous positions in Scouting and in 2015 was appointed and continues as Regional Chairman for South Coast and Tablelands. In 2017 David received the Silver Emu Award, Scouting’s second highest award. In 2015 he joined the Port Kembla Chamber of Commerce and now holds the positions of Secretary and Public Officer. He was also involved with the 2015 Billy Cart Derby.
Dr Annette Beaufils
Dr Beaufils graduated from the University of NSW in 1976 and after her post-graduate training she began a family medical practice in Helensburgh. Annette has served the residents of the northern suburbs for more than 38 years and has provided medical advice and assistance to local residents in all situations. Dr Beaufils also provides a practice for trainee doctors and is a long-time supporter of local schools and local group fundraising.
Young Citizen of the Year – Ebony Austin
Ebony started dance lessons when she was three. In 2016, Ebony began her dream to nurture younger children to gain confidence and achievement in her passion for dance. Ebony has taught dance in studies from Oak Flats to Sydney up to five nights each week. In 2017 Ebony launched her own studio, Project.
Community Award – Headspace Wollongong Youth Reference Group [YRG]
The Headspace YRG is made up of 20 young people aged 16-25 years who guide what Headspace Wollongong does, making sure the organisation is on the right track to provide a service that is relevant to young people in the Illawarra. The organisation provides physical and mental wellbeing services to young people in the Illawarra. The YRG is involved in staff recruitment to ensure Headspace Wollongong’s team is responsive to young people’s needs and passionate about working with their age group. Their positive contributions have led to an increase of public discussions around mental health and wellbeing, not just for young people, but also for the wider community across our city.
Outstanding Achievement or Innovation – UOW Motorsport
University of Wollongong [UOW] Motorsport is a team of UOW students from a wide variety of disciplines. Each year since 2001, the team has designed and built an open-wheeled racer and competed both nationally and internationally. In 2017, the team designed and built two cars, an internal combustion car and an electric vehicle. The team also has developed an electric race car to compete internationally. The team has a good track record. In 2016 UOW Motorsport won the IC Class of the FASE Australasian Campaign and in 2017 the team finished second in the same class.
Arts and Cultural Award – Eric Dunan
Eric’s exemplary contribution to arts and culture in Wollongong in 2016-17 builds on his ongoing commitment to bringing jazz music and music education to students and community members in Wollongong. Eric is the founder of the three-day Speak Satellite Festival at the Wollongong Conservatorium of Music. Eric teaches between 18-20 student bands each week, comprising of about 200 students from Illawarra schools. He has also led these band in performances from Sydney to Port Macquarie. He is also instrumental in establishing live jazz at the Wollongong Town Hall Chamber and the Thirroul District Library.
Sports Achievement Award – Bulli SLSC Open Men’s George Bass Surf Boat Marathon Crew
The Bulli Surf Lifesaving Club Open Men’s Crew remain undefeated in the George Bass Surf Boat Marathon. In the 2018 marathon, the Bulli crew dominated every single leg – over seven days and 190 kms of rowing from Bateman’s Bay to Eden harbour. This was the first time that the Bulli crew won each leg since 1979. Crew consists of Adam Barlow, Aron Davis, Paul Barlow, Mitchell Roberts, Albert Smeaton, Iszak Lunney, Kyle Mercer, Lachlan O’Grady and sweep Paul Jones.
Lord Mayor’s Special Award – Wollongong Homeless Hub
The Wollongong Homeless Hub provides a space where homeless people can visit, enjoy a hot breakfast, a shower, a haircut and speak to a community worker. The community workers area able to find stable and secure housing options and to assist them to overcome many of the barriers and complex issues they face. The Hub offers a safe, non-judgmental place where they can come and be related with dignity, honesty and respect. The breakfast program often feeds over 30 people in a one hour sitting.
Congratulations to the Australia Day award winners, and everyone who was nominated.
Council holds two events each year to recognise the outstanding achievements of individuals and organisations in our city. Those honoured include national Roll of Honour recipients, volunteers, academics, sportspeople and others who have enriched our community.
We welcome suggestions of people to be considered for future recognition receptions. If you would like to propose someone for recognition, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 4227 7111.
Our most recent reception was held on Thursday 16 March 2017. To read more, see our related media release.
Local Government Regional NAIDOC Awards 2017
Wollongong City Council was proud to host the Local Government Regional NAIDOC Awards on 22 July 2017. To find out more, please visit our event page.