2016 Australia Day Award winners
Over three thousand people were on hand at the City of Playford’s Australia Day celebrations on Tuesday 26 January to see members of the community honoured as part of Council’s 2016 Citizen of the Year Awards.
Held at Fremont Park, Mayor Glenn Docherty officiated the ceremony, acknowledging citizens who tirelessly give to others.
"I was delighted to recognise the passion and commitment of our residents," he said. "There are many among us who go above and beyond for the benefit of our community."
"Congratulations to all nominees and winners," he said. "For those who missed out this year, I encourage you to nominate again next year."
The City of Playford also welcomed 74 new citizens to the community, with a Citizenship Ceremony at the Shedley Theatre.
Australia Day Award Winners Announcement
Citizen of the Year: Isabella Grieg
Isabella Grieg has been a resident of Elizabeth for over 40 years. Isabella was the co-founder of the Robert Burns Society of SA, a volunteer at the Grenville Community Connections Hub and is an honourable Rotarian. Isabella is a carer for the Rotary Club and regularly visits nursing homes and people on the sick injured list. Isabella has great empathy and understanding for people and is a tremendous comfort and joy to so many people within the community.
Young Citizen of the Year: Liam Goodrich and Jordan Hawkey
This year the awards panel decided that there were two nominees who were outstanding and both demonstrated passion and commitment to improving the lives of younger people in the City of Playford.
Liam Goodrich is the first recipient. Liam is a member of the City of Playford’s Youth Advisory Committee, has volunteered at Youth Week and Carnival in the North Events, and worked on projects to assist the homeless.
Jordan Hawkey is the second recipient of Young Citizen of the Year. Jordan is an active Scout Leader, who engages youth in the community with activities including Clean up Australia Day, ANZAC Dawn Service, conservation service at Para Wirra National Park and involved in the local CFS and Fauna Rescue.
Community Group of Initiative of the Year: Building Brighter Communities Group from the Elizabeth Downs Primary School
The Building Brighter Communities Group from the Elizabeth Downs Primary School supports people with special needs as well as offers educational activities for both students and clients of SCOSA, which is a well-known not for profit organisation for people with disabilities.
Sports Club of the Year: Angle Vale Football Club
Angle Vale Football Club has shown true leadership in being a family friendly club that promotes and encourages equal participation of both males and females of all ages. This club has grown significantly over the last 12 months which is a testament to offering a sense of mateship and belonging on and off the field.
Congratulations also to Beau Brug who was the recipient of the Adelaide City Councils Young Citizen of the Year Award. Beau has previously won A Playford Australia Day Award and was a former participant in Playford's Youth Advisory Committee (YAC).