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He received $12,000 plus a publishing contract with Fremantle Press for his first full-length, unpublished work.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