Nominate your local community hero

13 September 2023
City of Canning residents can nominate and celebrate their local community heroes with nominations for the Auspire – Australia Day Council Western Australia, Community Citizen of the Year Awards now open.

The Community Citizen of the Year Awards gives us the opportunity to celebrate the positive impact of individuals and groups who are engaged and committed to our local area. Whether they are a nominee or recipient, we can all celebrate their outstanding contribution, because we’re all part of the story.

Recognising local heroes for more than 20 years, the Awards are made up of four categories:
• Community Citizen of the Year (for individuals over 16 years)
• Young Community Citizen of the Year (for individuals aged 16-30 years)
• Senior Community Citizen of the Year (for individuals aged 65 years and over)
• Active Citizenship (for community groups or events)

Nominations can be made for contributions to education, health, fundraising, voluntary services, business, sports, arts, the environment, social inclusion or any other area that enhances the wellbeing of our community. For the full criteria, visit

Mayor Patrick Hall encourages the Canning community to get involved and nominate a local hero.
“The Community Citizen of the Year Awards allows residents to reflect, respect and celebrate those people that have made a significant contribution to the wellbeing and advancement of our community.

“We are proud to support the Awards and look forward to celebrating the winners on 26 January 2024,” said Mayor Hall.

New research from Auspire – Australia Day Council WA, which delivers the Awards in partnership with local councils across Western Australia, supports the presence of such community award programs for the social, cultural and economic impact they make.

In a survey of 2023 recipients, 86% of respondents said the Awards assisted in generating better community connections, and 75% said it helped increase public awareness of their cause or organisation and built social cohesion. Furthermore, 88% said it was a great way to shine a light on community issues.

Nominations for the 2024 Community Citizen of the Year Awards are now open until 31 October 2023 and can be submitted at

The City of Canning is proud to deliver the Community Citizen of the Year Awards, in partnership with Auspire, and Joint Patrons His Excellency the Honourable Chris Dawson AC APM Governor of Western Australia, and Mrs Darrilyn Dawson.

The Community Citizen of the Year Awards are proudly supported by Principal Partner the Department of Communities, and Media Partners 9News Perth, WA Today, and 6PR Perth.
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