Shire celebrates community champions and welcomes new Australian citizens

Published on Wednesday, 26 January 2022 at 12:35:40 PM

The Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale celebrated its community champions at the annual Australia Day Awards and Citizenship Ceremony on 26 January 2022.

The awards comprise of four categories Citizen of the Year Awards, which recognise the community members and groups who go above and beyond for the benefit of the community.

The Shire also awarded its Clem Kentish Community Service Award on the day, which honours a community member who has given at least 20 years of service to SJ.

This year’s Australia Day Award winners are:



Community Citizen of the Year

Jeanette (Jan) Booth

Senior Community Citizen of the Year

Charles Kerfoot

Youth Community Citizen of the Year

Luke Newman

Active Citizenship Award

Landcare SJ’s RUOK? Planting Day and Morning Tea

Clem Kentish Community Service Award

Trevor Senior

Shire President Cr Michelle Rich congratulated the award winners and thanked them for their enormous efforts within the community.

“SJ is so much more than just a place to live, and it’s the contributions of tireless volunteers like our award winners who make our Shire such a connected and thriving community,” Cr Rich said.

“We are extremely lucky to have such spirited, community-minded individuals helping to drive our local groups and initiatives.

“Well done to everyone who was nominated for an award and congratulations to our winners.”

Community Citizen of the Year Jan Booth, Shire President Cr Michelle Rich and Clem Kentish Community Service Award winner Trevor Senior.

This year the Shire also recognised 13 recipients of the National Medal, an award that recognises 15 years of diligent service by members of the Australian Emergency Services.

These 13 recipients are members of the Shire’s local volunteer bushfire brigades.

“It was an honour to incorporate these awards in our Australia Day celebrations, and to acknowledge all Emergency Services staff and volunteers throughout the Shire,” Cr Rich said.

The Shire also welcomed 29 new citizens from nine different countries at its Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony, including conferees from Angola, Canada, Chile, India, Indonesia, New Zealand, Netherlands, Pakistan and the United Kingdom.

Cr Rich said the ceremony was the perfect opportunity to reflect on the privilege that comes with living in Australia.

“Welcoming new citizens with open arms encapsulates the true spirit of Australia Day,” Cr Rich said.

“To be able to share this wonderful country with so many great people, and to see how proud each conferee is, makes this one of the best parts of the entire day.”

Australia Day celebrations in Serpentine Jarrahdale also included the Australia Day Community BBQ and Cricket Match.

The Shire acknowledges The Heritage Country Choir, Byford Baptist Church, Lions Club of Serpentine Jarrahdale, Rotary Club of Byford & Districts, Serpentine Jarrahdale Cricket Club and the local volunteer bushfire brigades for their contributions in making the day a success.

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