Congratulations to the winners of our 2023 Fairfield City Australia Day Community Awards Diane Gorman, Neethu Siril, Khanh Van Mach and Luka Knezevic. Luka was unable to attend the ceremony as he was representing Australia in the Schoolboys Tour of England and Ireland, and Luka's mum accept his award on his behalf. We thank them for their wonderful achievements and for their dedication to making Fairfield City a better community for us all.
2023 Fairfield City Citizen of the Year - Diane Gorman
Diane has given dedicated service to the local community through her volunteering and community work for 16 years with the Bicycle Re-cycling Program in the Fairfield Local Government Area with the Western Sydney Cycling Network. She has volunteered for the Spring Cycle, Gear Up Girl, Amy Gillette and Parra Power, all events to raise money for breast cancer, children with a disability and the heart foundation.
Diane spends her time helping out at the bicycle recycling shed to provide low-cost bikes to the community, teaching children how to ride, about safety and to prevent obesity through school programs and helps people return back to the workforce after head injuries through the Western Sydney Cycling Network bicycle recycling program scheme.
2023 Fairfield City Young Citizen of the Year - Neethu Siril
Neethu is part of her school’s Student Representative Committee and has volunteered her time generously, through her volunteer work with the Youth Group, the Red Shield Appeal, the St Vincent De Paul centre at Mount Pritchard and as a Cathecist teacher. She was the 2022 Parish Leader for school. She has also volunteered her time to a reading program as a tutor for neighbouring primary students to develop their literacy and reading skills.
Neethu was awarded the Order of Australia and Youth Community Service award in 2022 recognising her service to the community.
2023 Fairfield City Volunteer of the Year - Khanh Van Mach
Khanh makes significant contributions to helping disadvantaged groups, in particular children with a disability. Since 2008, he has volunteered as one of the chartered members for Special Children Services Centre and has volunteered in the Fairfield area for 10 years. He settled in the Fairfield Area as a Vietnamese refugee in 1980 and has been in contact with many families with special needs children from Vietnam living in Fairfield City.
In 2012, he began running special needs training classes helping countless residents and still runs these two hour sessions every fortnight. He educates new members on the importance of supporting children with a disability at an early stage. He gives people hope and encouragement during activity classes, at outings and through an educational program.
2023 Fairfield City Sports Achiever of the Year - Luka Knezevic
Luka is an exceptional young athlete and student who attends Bossley Park High School and is part of the school’s highly regarded Talented Football Program. He was recently signed for Marconi Stallions First Grade team for the 2022/2023 season at the age of 16 years. Luka has recently returned from the Australia Joeys (U17) camp held in Melbourne to prepare for the AFC U17 Asian Cup qualifiers.
2022 was a successful year for Luka being selected in the Australian Schoolboys Squad, NSW All Schools and Sydney South West teams.