The winners of the 2017 Australia Day Awards and recipients of the Walk of Fame were announced by Mayor John Bowler at the Australia Day Big Aussie Breakfast this morning.
Mayor Bowler said the judging panel were impressed by the quality of nominations for this year’s Awards.
“It’s a positive reflection on the community to see the outstanding nominees and the contribution they make to Kalgoorlie-Boulder.”
“I’m very proud to present the Australia Day Awards and recognise the efforts of all groups and individuals nominated.”
AUSTRALIA DAY COMMUNITY GROUP OR COMMUNITY EVENT OF THE YEAR
Christmas in the Park
Christmas in the Park brings together over 1000 people in Centennial Park to celebrate Christmas together. The event has been run for 16 years and caters to a range of people who may be financially struggling, without family, who are elderly, disabled, or visiting Kalgoorlie-Boulder. With the help of over 100 volunteers, Christmas in the Park ensures that no person in Kalgoorlie-Boulder goes without on Christmas Day.
AUSTRALIA DAY CITIZEN AWARD
Ms Allison Hunter
Ms Allison Hunter works tirelessly for the Kalgoorlie-Boulder Community as:
- Chair for Relay for Life
- Organiser of Park Run
- Chair of the Mother’s Day Classic
- A determined community fundraiser
Ms Hunter’s passion drives these events to be greatly successful and are much loved by Kalgoorlie-Boulder residents.
WALK OF FAME
Three Walk of Fame recipients were honoured for 2017.
Mr Samuel William Pearce and Mr William George Brookman
William Brookman and Samuel Pearce arrived on the Eastern Goldfields as prospectors and partners, extensively exploring the gold bearing areas. Brookman and Pearce brought a passion and drive, recognising the Golden Mile as a major development and turning it into a significant underground operation made up of many mines. Their development of the Golden Mile contributed to the success of Kalgoorlie and boulder, and has helped shape it into the City it is today.
Mr James Brennan
James Brennan served Australia in WWII and was a POW in Italy and Germany during the war. He also fought alongside Italian and Slavic partisans during the war. After the war, Brennan was active in Aboriginal welfare for many years. He formed the Eastern Goldfields Native Centre in 1965 and was President until 1971. He was chairman of the Aboriginal Council, Aboriginal Consultative Committee and Aboriginal Advisory Council in Kalgoorlie.
James Brennan was awarded the “Medal of the Order of Australia” (OAM), in recognition of service to Aboriginal welfare. The Parkesville Aboriginal Complex that was opened in 1982 was named Ninga Mia in honour of Mr. Brennan in 1983.
The Walk of Fame plaques will be laid in a small ceremony at 9am on Friday, 27 January 2017 at the top end of Hannan Street.