Nom­i­nate a lo­cal hero

Guardian Express - - STREET WATCH -

PEO­PLE who have made a sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion to com­mu­nity life can now be nom­i­nated for the City of Perth Com­mu­nity Ci­ti­zen of the Year Awards.

City of Perth chief ex­ec­u­tive Martin Mile­ham said the four cat­e­gories recog­nised in­di­vid­u­als or groups who demon­strated lead­er­ship and en­hanced the com­mu­nity.

For­mer Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Karl O’Cal­laghan, for­mer Sal­va­tion Army vol­un­teer Shirley Mort and Fes­ti­val Italia are past win­ners.

“These awards are an op­por­tu­nity to cel­e­brate peo­ple who are proud of Perth, who have a sense of re­spon­si­bil­ity to the com­mu­nity and who have brought about pos­i­tive change as a re­sult,” Mr Mile­ham said.

El­i­gi­ble nom­i­nees must re­side or work prin­ci­pally within the City of Perth.

Nom­i­na­tions close Oc­to­ber 31. Go to www.cit­i­zen­shipawards.com.au. NORTH Perth gar­den­ing guru Mary Boyce has been named as a spe­cial guest judge for the 2017 Green­ing Vin­cent Gar­den Com­pe­ti­tion in Oc­to­ber.

Mary and her hus­band Matt Mol­loy won two of seven cat­e­gories – Best Food Gar­den and Best Front Gar­den – in last year’s com­pe­ti­tion.

The cou­ple started cre­at­ing their gar­den seven years ago when they moved into their North Perth home.

Mr Mol­loy said the pair went from hav­ing a lit­tle gar­den to about 24 trees in the yard.

“All the food in our gar­den is or­ganic and nu­tri­ent-dense and we love that we know what has gone into the fruit that we eat,” he said.

“Our front gar­den is more tra­di­tional, with laven­der and roses.

“We sal­vaged some 40-year-old roses from a build­ing site which were go­ing to be torn up and man­aged to suc­cess­fully trans­plant them.”

Mayor Emma Cole said the com­pe­ti­tion demon­strated the com­mu­nity’s pas­sion for gar­den­ing.

“You don’t need a big tra­di­tional gar­den to win a prize – we have prizes for a great diver­sity of gar­dens, from small bal­cony gar­dens, the pop­u­lar verge gar­den and even busi­ness gar­dens,” she said.

To en­ter, fill in a form on the City’s web­site, and re­turn it by Fri­day, Septem­ber 29.

Go to www.vin­cent. wa.gov.au.

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