Volunteers celebrated with Citizen Awards

Published on Wednesday, 26 January 2022 at 10:28:10 AM

Five community members were recognised for their significant contribution and outstanding service to the community over a number of years on Australia Day. 

Shire President James Martin presented the Citizen Awards to the recipients at a private ceremony as part of the Australia Day Citizenship ceremony. 

Cr Martin said the award winners had been presented with long service and inspirational awards at the Celebrating Community Awards ceremony in December 2021 and were selected by a panel for the Shire’s prestigious award. 

“Our Citizen Award winners have played a momentous part in volunteering in our community for many years,” he said. 


“From the hockey field to the bushland, from horse paddocks to the heart of Wooroloo, our Citizen Award winners each have a fantastic story to celebrate.” 

2022 Citizen Award recipients:

Kathy Wood – Inspiration Award

Kathy has performed volunteer environmental restoration work in the community for over 19 years. The Glen Forrest Superblock, Nyaania Creek and the Railway Heritage Trail and the wetland in Morgan John Morgan Reserve are some of the sites she has helped to restore.   

Vanessa Van der Swaagh – Inspiration Award 

Vanessa was recognised for her dedication to the community throughout the Wooroloo bushfire and ongoing recovery.  During the bushfire, she ensured that the most vulnerable members of the community were safe, accounted for and had their immediate needs met. This included ensuring the safety of animals and livestock. She also ensured that residents’ voices were heard during the recovery and assisted with the development of sustainable community programs at Wooroloo Hall.  

Rodney Powell – Long Service Award 

Rodney has made an invaluable contribution to the Hills Night Hockey Association (HNHA) and wider community. He has been on the HNHA committee since its inception in 1978. Rodney has been the President and Treasurer and assisted with competition nights and fixtures as well as behind the scene tasks.  

Willie and Rod Warnock - Access Mundaring Award  

For 23 years Willie and Rodney have hosted HorsePower Hills and Riding for the Disabled Hills Group activities on their property including recreational and therapeutic programs, meetings and celebrations. They have also provided agistment and care for the horses. Over 700 children and 700 volunteers have benefited from their generosity. Young volunteers have also been nurtured to further their equestrian interests and careers.

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