Smart and safe work­ers

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS -

TWO City of Cock­burn em­ploy­ees have been recog­nised for their ded­i­ca­tion to work safety and ac­tive trans­port with state-wide awards.

Cock­burn Trav­elS­mart of­fi­cer Jil­lian Woolmer won the Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Cham­pion award at the 2018 Your Move Awards for her work get­ting peo­ple to use their cars less and use health­ier and greener means to get them to their des­ti­na­tion.

“It was won­der­ful to be ac­knowl­edged by my peers and gain recog­ni­tion for my ef­forts over the years,” she said.

“I feel lucky to have found my cur­rent dream job where my pas­sion for ac­tive trans­port is ap­pre­ci­ated and I am able to make a dif­fer­ence and help more peo­ple be able to walk, ride BUT­LER res­i­dent Holden Sheppard has won the 2018 City of Fre­man­tle T.A.G. Hunger­ford Award for his man­u­script In­vis­i­ble Boys.

Sheppard was one of 63 en­tries for the bi­en­nial prize.

The award cov­ers a range of forms and gen­res, in­clud­ing lit­er­ary fic­tion, young adult en­tries, short story col­lec­tions, mem­oir, crime writ­ing, his­tor­i­cal fic­tion and sci­ence fic­tion.

Sheppard was an­nounced as the win­ner at Fre­man­tle Arts Cen­tre cer­e­mony on Novem­ber 15.

He re­ceived $12,000 plus a pub­lish­ing con­tract with Fre­man­tle Press for his first full-length, un­pub­lished work.

Judge Ge­or­gia Richter said the win­ning man­u­script had tremen­dous en­ergy and au­then­tic­ity.

“This is a novel about a group of young men ne­go­ti­at­ing what it means to iden­tify as gay and the risks and is­sues of com­ing out in a or use pub­lic trans­port.”

The City also took home the Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment In­no­vate award for its Moon Deck glow bike path at Coogee.

Cock­burn waste de­liv­ery of­fi­cer Scott Hunt took out the Safety and Health Rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Year small town (Ger­ald­ton),” Richter said.

“In­vis­i­ble Boys is a valu­able con­tri­bu­tion to the grow­ing voices of younger LGBTIQA+ peo­ple.”

Sheppard, an ECU writ­ing grad­u­ate, said grow­ing up gay in Ger­ald­ton had made him feel “truly un­seen”, so he was over­whelmed a pub­lisher would want to share his story.

“I wrote this novel for any­one who has strug­gled, or still is,” he said.

“I want the pain of these char­ac­ters to be vis­i­ble to the world.

“I want the world to un­der­stand award at the 2018 WA Work Safety Awards.

Mr Hunt said he was hon­oured to win the award, which recog­nised out­stand­ing work­place safety and health man­age­ment as well as in­no­va­tive ideas that can re­duce the risk of work­place in­jury and ill­ness. that boys and men suf­fer, and for gay boys in par­tic­u­lar, even in 2018, this strug­gle can feel like the end of the world, but it isn’t.

“In­vis­i­ble Boys is pure fic­tion, but it was born of the trauma of my own ado­les­cence.

“Much of what is in the novel springs from the emo­tional truths un­der­ly­ing my life, but writ­ing those emo­tions into a fic­tional story gave me per­mis­sion to ex­plore stuff that I oth­er­wise wouldn’t have the courage to talk about in pub­lic.”

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