Let’s hear it for top cit­i­zens

Melville Times - - NEWS -

FROM the Gover­nor down, West Aus­tralians have been en­cour­aged to nom­i­nate hard-work­ing com­mu­nity mem­bers for the Com­mu­nity Ci­ti­zen of the Year awards.

Lor­raine Oldridge founded El­len­brook and Oldridge Com­mu­nity Meal Kitchen in 2017 to serve free meals to peo­ple do­ing it tough in her area.

The group’s growth – sadly, by ne­ces­sity – con­tin­ues to as­tound her.

As did the City of Swan's de­ci­sion to honour the group with its ac­tive cit­i­zen­ship award on Aus­tralia Day ear­lier this year.

“I didn’t ex­pect it,” she said. “But you wear that badge proudly and it re­in­forces that what you do is im­por­tant in the com­mu­nity.”

She called on peo­ple to con­sider nom­i­nat­ing a po­ten­tial Com­mu­nity Ci­ti­zen of the Year.

“Any­one who works hard in the com­mu­nity can get a real kick out of (win­ning) it to do even more,” she said.

Most lo­cal coun­cils across WA are in­volved in the pro­gram, which is over­seen by Aus­pire, the Aus­tralia Day Coun­cil of WA.

WA Gover­nor Kim Bea­z­ley is the pa­tron.

Awards for ci­ti­zen of the year, as well as recog­ni­tion of a young ci­ti­zen, se­nior and a group or event are pre­sented at lo­cal Aus­tralia Day func­tions.

The honour is de­signed to re­ward and recog­nise peo­ple and or­gan­i­sa­tions that have made a no­table con­tri­bu­tion or given out­stand­ing ser­vice over a num­ber of years.

To nom­i­nate, visit www.cit­i­zen­shipawards. com.au be­fore Oc­to­ber 31.

Anne Marie Far­ley, El­len­brook and Oldridge Com­mu­nity Meal Kitchen founder Lor­raine Oldridge, WA Gover­nor Kim Bea­z­ley, In­drani Gu­narathna and Aus­pire CEO Mor­gan Lewis.

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