Red car­pet rolled out for new cit­i­zens

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

THE Town of Vic­to­ria Park wel­comed 70 new cit­i­zens and recog­nised ex­cep­tional com­mu­nity mem­bers at an Aus­tralia Day Cit­i­zen­ship and Awards Cer­e­mony last week.

Town Mayor Trevor Vaughan said he was pleased to wel­come the new­est cit­i­zens to the Town of Vic­to­ria Park.

“Al­though many of th­ese in­di­vid­u­als have been mem­bers of our com­mu­nity for years, it is a great hon­our to of­fi­cially wel­come them as Aus­tralian cit­i­zens,” he said.

“Aus­tralia Day is about cel­e­brat­ing our rich di­ver­sity as a na­tion and demon­strat­ing our love for our coun­try and fel­low Aus­tralians.”

The cit­i­zen­ship cer­e­mony was fol­lowed by the pre­sen­ta­tion of the Town of Vic­to­ria Park Aus­tralia Day Cit­i­zen­ship Awards.

The an­nual awards aim to recog­nise peo­ple and groups who have made a note­wor­thy con­tri­bu­tion to the com­mu­nity.

The 2016 in­di­vid­ual cat­e­gory win­ner was Deb­bie Schaf­fer, who has been an ac­tive mem­ber of the com­mu­nity for more than 15 years.

Ms Schaf­fer played a fun­da­men­tal role in the fundrais­ing cam­paign for the de­vel­op­ment of the Vic­to­ria Park Per­ron Cen­tre and has worked for more than 20 years to raise funds for many char­i­ties.

“Deb­bie has made such a pos­i­tive con­tri­bu­tion to our com­mu­nity, ded­i­cat­ing a sig­nif­i­cant amount of time, en­ergy and com­mit­ment to a va­ri­ety of or­gan­i­sa­tions in the Town and wider WA com­mu­nity,” Mr Vaughan said.

The 2016 com­mu­nity group win­ner was the Vol­un­teer Task Force, a not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion pro­vided ser­vices to sup­port in­de­pen­dence and en­hance safety through vol­un­teer­ing.

The force helps more than 5700 peo­ple each year, with 76,000 hours of gar­den­ing ser­vices and 81,744 trans­port trips be­ing done in the last year.

“The Vol­un­teer Task Force is a won­der­fully gen­er­ous or­gan­i­sa­tion in our com­mu­nity,” Mr Vaughan said.

“Its com­mit­ment and pas­sion for vol­un­teer­ing has made a huge im­pact within the Town, en­rich­ing, en­abling and sup­port­ing mem­bers of our com­mu­nity to achieve great things.”

Trevor Vaughan with Vol­un­teer Task Force CEO Kath Snell.

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