Meet the 2018 Sutherland Shire Australia Day Award nominees

Congratulations to the 2018 Sutherland Shire Australia Day Award winners!

2018 Sutherland Shire Citizen of the Year is Matt Harward

Citizen of the Year - Matt Harward

Matt Harward had been giving his time as a One Meal volunteer in other areas. On seeing a need for this type of service in the Shire, Matt worked to establish a service locally and established One Meal - Sutherland Shire in 2016.

Young Citizen of the Year - Polina Povlenko

Polina Povlenko is a committed and enthusiastic bi lingual youth leader with over 90 hours volunteer hours up her sleeve in the last 12 months. Polina is also actively involved in many projects to challenge social injustices and affect change.

2018 Sutherland Shire Young Citizen of the Year is Polina Povlenko 

Community Group of the Year - Sutherland Shire Relay for Life

The 2017 Sutherland Shire Relay for Life was a great example of how the ‘Shire Community’ come together to celebrate, remember and give hope to the people whose lives have been impacted by cancer. The success was not purely the $369,595 raised for cancer research but the great community support in creating an event where individuals, families, friends, businesses, community groups, schools, hospitals, council, government members and sporting clubs came together for 24 hours all with a single aim.

Citizen of the Year nominees

Carole Byrnes

Carole Byrnes served for many years as a volunteer at Continuum Art Society, Friends of Hazelhurst, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery, and the Sutherland Shire Heritage Festival Committee. Carole has been on the Friends of Hazelhurst Committee since its inception in 1995 and was one of the original volunteers at the Gallery.


Carmen Geeves

Carmen Geeves established, and continues to organise, Time Out for Women (or TOW), a women's walking/activity group affiliated with Breast Cancer Foundation. Every month she organises an outing within Sydney for women to have some time out, meet others, have coffee and lunch, and make a donation to breast cancer research.

Denise Jago

Denise Jago has been coordinating the 1st Heathcote Scout Group for many years. Her enthusiasm for the integrity and constant improvement and expansion of the group is tireless. 


Bill Lewis

Bill Lewis has been an active and outstanding contributor to numerous Sutherland Shire Community Organisations. 

Noelene Redman

Noelene Redman captivates neighbourhood spirit; if there is someone in need, be it a meal, taking someone for a medical appointment, feeding a neighbour's pet or watering their garden, Noelene is there ready to lend a hand. 


Young Citizen of the Year nominees


Jacqueline Jamieson

Jacqueline Jamison has always been someone that deeply cares about people that need help. Jacqueline founded and organises the Oxfam Sutherland Shire community group, where members create awareness about refugees, human rights and how our community can help.

Aaron Royall

Aaron Royall is presently running 18 sanctioned marathons (42kms) around Australia along with special events such as the Larapinta Trail/Alice Springs (138kms) to raise much needed funds for the Black Dog Institute. The main aim is to create awareness & educate around mental health & youth suicide. 

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Elisha Tripp

Elisha Tripp has volunteered with headspace in the youth reference group for over two years. Elisha attends monthly meetings participates in staff interview panels, attends events, school presentations and presents at youth forums. 

Community Group of the Year nominees

Australian Kookaburra Kids

Australian Kookaburra Kids was established in the Shire in 2002, growing from a passion to help children who live with family members who have a mental illness. After much success in Sydney, it is expanding rapidly to support children across Australia, all from its Shire-based head office. 


Assistance Dogs Australia

Assistance Dogs Australia is a Sutherland Shire based organisation that operates Australia wide and its donors, volunteers, puppy educators, ambassadors and clients worked together to run events, raise funds, train puppies, support programs and continue to enhance the lives of people living with disabilities, giving them freedom and independence. 

Care 4 Kids

Care 4 Kids supplies Care Packs to Sutherland Shire police stations, Sutherland court, and family and community services such as Sutherland Shire Family Services Jannali. To date they have made 3,500 Care Packs funded by the organisation, with community donations and fundraising. 


Shire Woodworking Club

The Shire Woodworking Club evolved from the ‘Triton’ Club moving their activities from Oyster Bay to a derelict scout hall in 2011. The group saved this facility from demolition and commenced upgrading the premises turning it from a graffiti ridden liability for Council to a thriving club. While government grants have assisted with infrastructure purchases, much of the upgrade has been down to the hard work of the individuals that make up the group. 

U3A Endeavour Region

For 28 years, the University of the Third Age Endeavour (Southern) region, a sub­ branch of Sydney U3A, has been providing courses, talks and activities for hundreds of seniors in the Sutherland Shire, and, in more recent years, the St George district. Because of our activities, we promote the importance of an active mind and body for positive ageing. U3A Endeavour currently has 750 members, 70% of whom live in the Shire. 


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