Meet the 2020 Sutherland Shire Australia Day Award winners and nominees

Congratulations to our 2020 Australia Day Award winners


 Citizen of the Year  Young Citizen of the Year  Community Group
of the Year

Congratulations to the inaugural Sutherland Shire Environmental Citizen of the Year...


Meet the 2020 Sutherland Shire Australia Day Award nominees

Citizen of the Year nominees

Winner of Citizen of the Year, Michael has given a significant amount of his personal time to community based activities including surf life saving, bushfire brigade, the John Franklin Christmas Day lunch, Sutherland Hospital, and as a board member of Tradies.
Jane Hall is a long term, and active, member of Southern Brass (Sutherland Shire Brass), 1st Oyster Bay Scouts, and a volunteer with Australian Breastfeeding Association.
Eric has been a volunteer with St John Ambulance for over 20 years. This year he started the St John Ambulance (NSW) - Sutherland Cadets to give young people opportunities to learn new skills, grow in confidence and form strong friendships.

Young Citizen of the Year nominees

Winner of Young Citizen of the year, Kal has continually strived to improve our community through the Plastic Free Cronulla initiative, organising $100,000 worth of solar panels for Caringbah High School, being on the Stakeholder Reference Group for the Cronula Plaza redevelopment, and providing an alternative community-driven design for the Boat Harbour redevelopment.
Luiza is a proactive member of our community and a passionate advocate for young refugees, educating her peers about the struggles refugees face. Luiza also publishes an online social justice magazine for young people that explores global topics of equality, health, human rights and more.
Katelyn has served with St John Ambulance for many years, volunteering for over her set hourly requirements every year with local and state duties and is now an officer within the organisation and second in command of their new youth division.

Community Group of the Year nominees


Bonnet Bay FC operates within a small pocket of Sutherland Shire yet punches well above its weight on and off the field and is a wonderful example of what can be achieved when a community gets behind a well compiled strategy. Named 2018 Best Community Sports Club of the Year by Sports NSW and Best Club at the 2018 Menai District Sports Awards.


Cronulla Rotary is a dynamic bunch of community-minded people who donate their time to help people and groups in our district. The club's focus is on the youth in the Shire and fundraising for local charities.


The OWN Sutherland Wellness Centre provides support for women over 50 in a social and health context. Activities run by professional trainers assist women to stay healthy. Lunches, book club, day outings and morning teas provide important social connection. By gaining support, older women continue to play a vital part in their communities, volunteering for many other important services in the Shire and, in turn, supporting those around them.


Winner of Community Group of the Year, The Animal Shelter Volunteers are a group of dedicated people who attend the shelter in rain, hail or shine and provide love and care to the animals by spending time helping to socialise and train them in readiness for when they find a new home. The volunteers also help with cleaning and tidying the facility, washing bedding and cleaning in the dog kennels and runs, and in the cattery.


The Sutherland Shire Horse Owners club has been active in the Shire for nearly 40 years, providing Event/Competitions for Dressage riders. It has particularly encouraged young and junior riders to compete and provides events for disabled riders. A Rio Disabled Olympic rider competed at the Como grounds. It's a very friendly club and encourages the sport of Dressage in the Shire.


The Sutherland 2 Surf (S2S) is a community fun run/walk catering for all ages and levels of physical capability. It is coordinated by a committee of volunteer members from the Wanda Surf Life Saving Club who also dedicate their time to patrol Wanda Beach, educate, coach and train surf lifesavers as well as other activities for the Club.

Environmental Citizen of the Year nominees


The Jannali Rangers is a group of students and parent/grandparent volunteers from Jannali Public School who work together to look after “The Patch” at the school, a community vegetable garden that encourages and inspires sustainable practices such as food waste avoidance, recycling and composting. It gives students a sense of place and their role in looking after that place and how with little changes big differences can be achieved not just at school but also at home


Toni has single-handedly driven change within the community and young and upcoming workforce who she has retrained to hold new ideals of environmental awareness. She is the driving force of sustainable and environmentally friendly choices at her café Mr Paisleys Café including a boomerang cup program, Keep Cup discounts and avoiding single-use plastic in business operations.


Chase is a young community champion, collecting cans and bottles used at home, from restaurants, social and sporting events and even family holidays as part of a school project called “The Planet is there to Share”. Chase collected 2061 in a single school term and through the Return and earn scheme, earned $206.10 which he donated to Love Mercy Foundation. The Foundation is a local Sutherland Shire based charity that helps people in Northern Uganda, Africa.

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