Parramatta’s Australia Day award winners

Parramatta’s Australia Day Local Award winners were announced on Sunday at a special ceremony held by Parramatta City Council at Riverside Theatres.

Parramatta mayor John Chedid presented the awardstogether with Parramatta’s Australia Day Ambassador, Anthony Hasham, director and chairman of Life Education.

Cr Chedid said the awards were an opportunity for the council and members of the community to recognise local heroes who work tirelessly to make their community a better place.

 "Being nominated for an Australia Day Local Award is a great honour and we’re very proud to recognise individuals whose contributions and achievements are an asset to the City of Parramatta," Cr Chedid said. 

“This is also the first year that we’ve given out a Highly Commended Award. All nominees showed a strong love for their community and this was our way of giving that extra bit of recognition.

“I congratulate all the award recipients and nominees and thank them for all their hard work and dedication to our community."

Award winners:

Citizen of the Year – Tim Mannah

Citizen of the Year – Tim Mannah

Tim Mannah is the captain of the Parramatta Eels NRL club and has dedicated his time to the community for a number of years. As an ambassador for the Ronald McDonald House at Westmead, Mr Mannah regularly visits the house and devotes his time to the kids and families staying at the home. In 2013, he encouraged fellow players to support the String Movement, which helps raise awareness and combats bullying in schools. Mr Mannah is also in the process of establishing the Tim Mannah Foundation to help disadvantaged youth in the community.

Senior Citizen of the Year – Donald Hones

Senior Citizen of the Year – Donald Hones

Senior Citizen of the Year – Donald Hones

Don Hones works tirelessly as support teacher at Granville Boys High School. Don is always going over and above to help “at risk” young men. As a regular visitor to the Granville Youth and Community Recreation Centre, Don provides young men with resources, sometimes out of his own pocket, such as clothing and medicine to help them get them get their lives back on track. Mr Hones also assists young men who are incarcerated in Juvenile Detention Centres.

Young Citizen of the Year – Alexander Roberts

Young Citizen of the Year – Alexander Roberts

Alex Roberts is a committed environmentalist who at the age of six began collecting cans with his neighbour “to save the planet” as well as get some pocket money. When his neighbour passed, Alex decided to honour his friend’s legacy by involving his school in his can recycling business. The money they raised was used to help the SOS Orphanage in Vietnam. Expanding the project to include local businesses, the recycling program has grown and now helps to sponsor five children through World Vision.

For his efforts, Alex has been awarded the Pride of Australia Medal and the NSW Government Community Service Award.

Volunteer of the Year – Wendy Purkis

Volunteer of the Year – Wendy Purkis

Wendy Purkis has been an active volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House for over 30 years. At age 75, Mrs Purkis still volunteers five nights every six weeks to look after the house. As the house’s longest serving volunteer, Wendy has made a difference to many families with sick children.

Sportsperson of the Year – Michael Beauchamp

Sportsperson of the Year – Michael Beauchamp

Growing up in Wakeley, Michael played his junior football with Canley Heights, Wetherill Park Westerners and Southern Districts before breaking into the National Soccer League with Marconi and Parramatta Power. Signed by the Central Coast Mariners in the inaugural Hyundai A-League season in 2004, the centre back then made his Socceroos debut against Bahrain in 2006.

Following his strong performance Michael was selected as part of Australia’s FIFA World Cup 2006 squad and subsequently earned multiple football contracts overseas.

Michael was announced as a Wanderers Foundation Player in 2012 with the local boy chosen as the club’s inaugural Captain. Michael was instrumental in captaining the side to the Premiership in their debut season. 

Community Project of the Year – Friends of Duck River Bushcare Group

Community Project of the Year – Friends of Duck River Bushcare Group

Friends of Duck River are a dedicated Bushcare Group which has helped regenerate the Duck River Bushland for 20 years.

The group has been successful in their efforts to protect the remnant trees in the Reserve as well as the large patches of native grasses which provide a home to local wildlife including a bearded dragon, a group of pardalotes and the threatened Cumberland Plain Snail.

Highly Commended Award

Highly Commended Award

Highly Commended Award

Dragoljub Brkljac – Citizen of the Year

Jim Juillerat – Volunteer of the Year

Lara Nakhle – Young Citizen of the Year

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