Thursday, January 28th, 2010
THE 2010 Premier’s Australia Day Active Citizenship Awards for the City of Bayswater have been announced at the Morley Sport & Recreation Centre, honouring local people and groups for their contribution and participation in community life.

Nominations were sought across the City of Bayswater and its suburbs in three categories: an individual 25 years or older, a person under 25 and a community group or event. And the winners are…

* Individual Over-25 – Barbara Hunt
A Morley resident for the past 38 years, Mrs Hunt has spent much of that time involved in volunteer community work.

In the late 1970s and early 1980s, she was involved with the P&C committee at the newly-opened Noranda Primary School before becoming assistant cub scout leader at Morley Scout Group in 1983.

After holding the position for seven years, she became group committee chairperson in 1991 for three years. When the group started a joey scout section for seven and eight-year-olds in 2001, Mrs Hunt became their leader, becoming overall group leader in 2003.

For the past two years, Mrs Hunt has also been a member of the Autumn Rivers Events Association and has been elected secretary.

* Individual Under-25 – Wade Perrin
While studying bachelors of science in applied geology and geographic information science, Noranda resident Wade Perrin has been working to improve the environment through the better management of fire.

He has developed a research project into computer software programs that can predict suitable locations for aerial-controlled burning and has worked closely with FESA on implementing the system in the Kimberley.

Mr Perrin has also been a mentor for the 2008 Spatial Sciences Institute Spatial Technology in Schools Competition and was a CALM bushranger for three years while attending Chisholm Catholic College.

* Community group or event – Country Women’s Association of WA (Bayswater branch)
Forming in 1953, the Bayswater branch of the Country Women’s Association of WA plays an active role through its support of local activities, CWA projects and a diverse number of voluntary organisations and charities.

Funds raised from functions and stalls go to charities such as Ronald McDonald House, Silver Chain, Parkinson’s Association, RSPCA, WA Assistance Dogs, Children’s Cancer, the Leukaemia Foundation and a Bayswater women’s refuge.

Meeting at Bayswater’s Drill Hall in Murray Street, the branch has 20 members – two of the longest-serving members joined 47 and 46 years ago respectively.

“Australia Day is an ideal time to acknowledge and thank those who have made a difference to community life in the City of Bayswater,” Mayor Terry Kenyon said.

“It’s important this enthusiasm for life does not go unnoticed and I’m pleased we have the Active Citizenship Awards to recognise people who embrace a passion for something, giving due credit where it’s really justified.

“A positive contribution at the grassroots level is what makes Australia so special – people from all walks of life are consistently contributing to the community and it is these people who deserve to be recognised

“There is a tremendous amount of talented people in our community and they should be acknowledged for their contribution, whether working solo or as part of a group.”

“These citizenship awards are an ideal way to give due credit where it really is justified.”

awards-barbara hunt.jpeg: Barbara Hunt, winner of the Active Citizenship Award for someone over 25, with Bayswater Mayor Terry Kenyon.

awards-wade perrin.jpeg: Wade Perrin, winner of the Active Citizenship Award for someone under 25, with Bayswater Mayor Terry Kenyon.

awards-country women’s1-2.jpeg: The Bayswater branch of the Country Women’s Association of WA won the Active Citizenship Award for community group of event. Pictured are Joy Oliver, Pat Buck, Bayswater Mayor Terry Kenyon and Sandra Vinciullo.

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City of Bayswater

The City of Bayswater is a local government area in the inner north-eastern suburbs of the West Australian capital city of Perth, about 9km north-east of Perth's CBD, and includes the suburbs of Bayswater, Beford, Embleton, Maylands, Morley and Noranda and parts of Mount Lawley and Dianella.

It covers an area of 32.8 square kilometres and has a population of 55,801.   Originally, the Bayswater Road District was created in 1897 and, in 1961, it became a shire before attaining City status in 1983. The City of Bayswater is divided into four wards and represented by 11 councillors with the Mayor elected from among the councillors.

Recent developments in the City of Bayswater include the opening of the Galleria shopping centre in 1994, on the site of the old Boans building that burnt down in 1986. Morley is now the largest commercial district outside of Perth and Fremantle and further growth is expected. 

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