2023 Fairfield City Australia Day Awards Now Open

Published on 13 September 2022

Australia Day Ceremony 2022 Citizen of the Year winner and the Mayor Frank Carbone and Deputy Mayor Dai Le

Fairfield City Council is encouraging the community to nominate people who make a valuable contribution to our City for the 2023 Fairfield City Australia Day Community Awards.

The awards recognise outstanding achievements or contributions to the local community by Australian citizens who live, work or study in the Fairfield Local Government Area.

Fairfield City Mayor Frank Carbone said this is a great opportunity for the community to acknowledge the wonderful work done by people in our City.

“Each year our City celebrates the diverse and remarkable contributions of our extraordinary local heroes working tirelessly in the community,” Mayor Carbone said.

“While many of them do this without seeking recognition or reward, they certainly deserve it, and Council’s Australia Day Community Awards are a wonderful way to acknowledge and thank them for the work they do.

“These people inspire us through their achievements and challenge us to make our own contribution to creating a better Fairfield City.”

Award categories include:

  • Citizen of the Year – 25 years and over
  • Young Citizen of the Year – 12 to 24 years
  • Volunteer of the Year – 12 years and over
  • Sports Achiever of the Year – 12 years and over


The winners will be announced at a special ceremony in Fairfield City on Australia Day, 26 January 2023.

Nomination forms and guidelines are available from Council’s website - fairfieldcity.nsw.gov.au/Whats-on/Awards-Competitions/Australia-Day-Community-Awards.

Nominations close on Friday 4 November 2022.

This year’s winners were:

2022 Citizen of the Year: Colin Phipps

Colin has been a member of the NSW SES since 2010. During that time he has undertaken many important duties to keep the SES operational including; investigating sites to determine safety issues, asset control, equipment maintenance and purchasing. Colin is also involved with police open days, traffic control and recruitment drives.

2022 Young Citizen of the Year: Nancy Nguyen

Nancy has been a NSW SES member since 2018 and is involved with assisting residents affected by storm and water damage, search and rescue, flood rescue, and community education and engagement. She has provided service by door knocking during storms, conducting land searches, traffic control and attending local festivals. Nancy also volunteers her time to help the residents at St Vincent’s Care Services at Yennora.

2022 Volunteer of the Year: Bashar Hanna

Bashar spends a great amount of time supporting refugees of Middle Eastern background. In 2019, he founded the Australian Mesopotamian Cultural Association so his community could express themselves and celebrate cultural achievements.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Bashar played a vital role in communicating NSW Health information to his community and is regularly sought by media outlets including SBS, ABC and various international agencies.

In 2021, Bashar received the Medal of the Order of Australia for services to multiculturalism and refugee support in Western Sydney and named Influencer of the Year in the Third Sector Awards.

2022 Sports Achieve of the Year: Adrian Pini

Adrian is an exceptional young athlete and student who attends Bossley Park High School. He is part of the Talented Football Program and at only 15 years, is an integral part of the school’s senior football team. Adrian has been a member of the Sydney FC football program and trains and plays with the U18s and U20s squads. He is able to balance his football and schooling commitments to maintain excellent grades as well as involvement in many leadership activities at school. 

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