Pay tribute to someone who makes you proud to be an Australian

Published Monday, 15th August 2016

Fairfield City Council is calling on residents to nominate members of the community who make them proud to be Australian and a part of Fairfield City.

The awards aim to recognise outstanding achievements during the past year and/or contribution to the local community over a number of years.

Award categories include:

  • Citizen of the Year - 18 years and over
  • Young Citizen of the Year - up to 17 years
  • Volunteer of the Year - 12 years and over
  • Sports Achiever of the Year - 12 years and over

Ages are as at 26 January 2017. Individuals who are Australian citizens who live, work or study in the Fairfield City Local Government Area and have made significant contributions or achievements in the community are eligible to be nominated for an Australia Day Community Award.

Mayor of Fairfield City said this was a great opportunity for the community to acknowledge the great work being done by community achievers.

“Fairfield City is full of unsung heroes who work tirelessly in making this City great,” the Mayor said.

“Many of them do this without any recognition. The Community Awards are a great way to thank them for this wonderful work.”

The winners will be announced at a special ceremony in January 2017 at Fairfield City Council Chambers.

Nomination forms and guidelines are available from Council’s website. Nominations close on Friday 4 November.

2016 Fairfield City Citizen of the Year - George Edward (Ted) Wale 

George Edward Wale, commonly known as Ted, is 105-years old and has lived in Cabramatta since 1956. Ted is an artist who uses charcoal and pencil to sketch, or oil and watercolour to paint. He has been a part of a number of exhibitions at Fairfield City Museum and Gallery. He is a life member of Fairfield City Art Society. Ted attended the first meeting of the society at Cabramatta High School about 1961 and has held all committee management positions. He has participated in art exhibitions throughout the local government area.

In addition to his art, he is known as a handy man. He made engines for Commonwealth aircraft during World War II and was also a part of team that installed the first computer at the University of Sydney. Today, these skills are used to fi x electronic items for family and friends.

2016 Fairfield City Young Citizen of the Year - Anna Tang 

Anna is 14 years old and attends Canley Vale High School. She has been Peer Support Leader in the Student Representative Council since 2013. She is the youngest president of Canley Vale Leo Club and has led more than 80 members and organises rosters for volunteers at barbecue fundraising and charity donations. Anna has volunteered at Council events such as Bring It On! festival, the Cabramatta Moon Festival and Lunar New Year.

2016 Fairfield Volunteer of the Year - Susan Fedorychyn

Susan became a foundation member of the Deer Bush Dog Club more than 40 years ago. With more than 180 members, it is the second-oldest dog training club in Western Sydney.

Susan has been on the club’s committee for the past 20 years. Members say that without her constant support the club would not run. As a volunteer chief instructor, she organises the weekly obedience training classes and runs regular courses for club instructors. The club provides community services, training puppies and educating dog owners of the responsibility of having a healthy dog.

2016 Fairfield Sports Achiever of the Year - Nicola Bolger

Nicola is midfielder for the national Matildas squad and the Sydney Football Club W-League. Now 22, the Greenfield Park resident has played football since the age of five for a number of clubs in the area, representing her school, State and country in various competitions.

In addition to her training and playing commitments, Nicola spends time visiting local schools talking to students about good sportsmanship, values, respecting others and giving back to the community. She is also an ambassador for the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, helping to raise awareness about concussions in children’s sports.


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