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Australia Day Celebrations

Tuesday, 26 January 2016 from 7.00am to 11.00am

Mandurah celebrate all things great in the land down under with a big Aussie breakfast run by the Lions Club of Mandurah on the iconic Mandurah foreshore from 7am - 9am, followed by Mandurah's large annual Citizenship Ceremony and celebrate with the winners of the Premier's Active Citizenship Awards.

This event finished with a flotilla of boats on the estuary, who competed for the coveted Best Dressed title awarded by Mandurah's Mayor, Marina Vergone.

Patrons left the event full of Australian pride and the sounds of ‘Advance Australia Fair' ringing in their ears.

Freemen of the City Awards

In 2015, Australia Day had a more significant meaning for two prominent local members of our community when they are named Honorary Freeman of the City of Mandurah. The title recognises the efforts of outstanding contributions and achievements of community members.
Former Mayor Paddi Creevey (OAM) and Aboriginal Elder Harry Nannup were nominated for their extensive support for the Mandurah community over many years.
Mayor Marina Vergone said it’s a great honour to acknowledge two extraordinary people who have given so much of their personal and professional lives to help others. “They join a number of other prominent local identities who have also received the honour.”
The City has previously awarded the title of Honorary Freeman of the City of Mandurah to:
Dudley Tuckey - 1984 • Owen Tuckey - 2004 • Hal Sutton - 2005 • Kathleen Malta OAM - 2006 • Mr Ken Donohoe – 2011 • Vic Beacham – 2011 • Canon Kenneth Barrett – 2013

Premier's Australia Day Active Citizenship Awards.

On Australia Day we recognised the efforts and celebrated the achievements of those nominated for the Premier's Australia Day Active Citizenship Awards.

The City of Mandurah invited residents to nominate an outstanding individual or community organisation for the Premier’s Australia Day Citizenship Awards. The three awards highlight active citizenship, outstanding contribution to the local community and Australian pride and spirit. 

All nominees will be recognised at the ceremony, and were presented with a medallion and certificate. The respective winners also received a permanent commemorative bronze plaque in Mandjar Square. All nominators were also invited to attend this celebration, along with their nominees and families. 

The Premier's Australia Day Active Citizenship Awards focus on community contribution and participation rather than personal achievement.

The awards were formally announced as part of City’s Australia Day Celebrations, held on the Eastern Foreshore.

2015 winners were:

Outstanding Community Contribution by a local citizen – Mrs Denise Castillo
Mrs Castillo commenced the Mandurah chapter of the Fishers with Disabilities Association Inc in 2012, dedicating many hours to overseeing the setup of the operations, the recruitment of volunteers and the establishment of sponsors and partners. Her effervescent personality and her tenacity has ensured that the success of this program and her patience, empathy and commitment has made a difference to the lives of so many that wouldn’t ordinarily have the opportunity to fish.

Outstanding Community Contribution by a local citizen under 25 years of age - Miss Bree Klasztorny
Bree Klaszorny played basketball for the Mandurah Magic for a number of years and is now heavily involved in playing in the State Basketball League, receiving the runner up award for the ‘Most Valuable Player’ in 2014. Bree also coaches junior girls and boys, most recently coaching the Mandurah Magic Division One Girls Under 14 Team, and has been a positive role model. Miss Klasztorny dedicates an enormous amount of her free time to the development and coaching of other junior sports people in the community, while ensuring the future financial sustainability of the Mandurah Basketball Association and training for her own basketball career.

Outstanding Community Contribution by a local group or community event - The Combined Rotary Clubs of Mandurah Duck Race.
The Mandurah Rotary Duck Race is a fundraising initiative supported by the three Rotary Clubs of Mandurah. The Duck Race Committee is made up of volunteers, who have donated hundreds hours of their time to sell thousands of tickets to the event. Because of their hard work over the last three years, this event has raised over $110,000 for local charities and Rotary community projects.