Inspiring locals recognised

Published on 31 January 2020

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The annual Civic Awards, which was held on 30 January, celebrates the efforts of individuals and organisations within the community who help make the city a wonderful place to live, work and visit.

The municipality has a number of talented, compassionate and inspiring community members and it is always an honour to acknowledge these people.

Citizen of the Year

John Ng

John is the founder of Humans of SKY, a website dedicated to sharing stories of everyday people from Seddon, Kingsville and Yarraville. Over the last three years John has profiled 122 people that have helped shape the inner west – those who make it such a strong and thriving community.

Volunteer of the Year

Lina Pahor

Lina has volunteered with the Footscray Soup Van for more than 13 years, providing an evening meal and social connectedness to some of the most vulnerable people in the community. Lina has been instrumental in expanding the Footscray Soup Van service by reinstating the Saturday night service and recruiting volunteers.

Community Strengthening Award

Friends of Stony Creek

Friends of Stony Creek are a dedicated group of community members who volunteer and advocate for the health and wellbeing of Stony Creek. Since the devastating Tottenham warehouse fire in August 2018, they have been integral to the recovery efforts including clean-up and planting, weeding, engaging with community members and key stakeholders and contributing to Council’s Stony Creek Rehabilitation Plan.

Active Maribyrnong Sporting Award

Braybrook Sporting Club

The Braybrook Sporting Club centres on Aussie rules football and has been in operation for almost 150 years. The club aims to provide a variety of programs for the community, with a focus on equality, fair play, teamwork in a safe and supportive environment.

Youth Leadership Award

Alhassan Habab

Hassan has inspired young people to have a voice and how they can address important issues in their lives such as social media addiction and the effects of digital technology. He has been involved in Council’s Raw Elements Hip Hop program for the past five years and has made songs and videos about issues that are important to him and sharing them online.

Enterprise Maribyrnong Awards - Contribution to Business Community Award

Pride of our Footscray Community Bar

Pride of our Footscray Community Bar was set up to celebrate and reflect the diverse community of Footscray, in a relaxed, welcoming and inclusive space. The community-run bar has created a LGBTQIA friendly space where people from all walks of life can gather and connect and has also provided a performance and exhibition space for artists and musicians to showcase their talent.

Enterprise Maribyrnong Awards - New and Emerging Business Award

Hear Us Roar

Hear Us Roar is an online marketplace that curates clothing options for women ranging from a size 12 to size 26. Its founders identified the need for stylish quality clothing solutions for plus size women – a major gap in the fashion market. The company is passionate about helping women feel beautiful and stylish by creating inclusive runway shows and photoshoots and offers customers remote styling based on an online questionnaire. 

Enterprise Maribyrnong Awards - Innovative Business Award

Ecopact Groceries

Ecopact Groceries is a small-scale grocery store based in Footscray. Its purpose is to provide customers with a more sustainable and affordable bulk alternative to standard grocery items. They stock a wide variety of products including nuts, fruit, dairy, meat, grains, laundry and cleaning products, toiletries and much more. They also provide biodegradable, reusable and recycled packaging options for bulk items and encourage customers to bring their own containers.

Arts Award

Trocadero Art Space

Trocadero Art Space is a non-profit artist-run gallery space, operating for more than 12 years in the heart of Footscray. The gallery is run by a strong group of volunteers with a commitment to providing a safe and engaging environment for artists to exhibit in, develop from, and contribute to the Maribyrnong community. More than 400 artists have taken part in annual exhibitions, artist talks and workshops.

Mayoral Award

Ron ‘Jake’ Jacobson

Ron Jacobson, more commonly known as Jake, has been heavily involved in the sporting community for more than 60 years. Ron was instrumental in saving the Maribyrnong Community Youth Club, when it faced closure in the 1960’s, where he developed a lifelong passion for boxing. Throughout his time at the club, Ron became an accredited and winning boxing trainer. He has trained a number of boxers who have gone onto win prominent titles as well as gold and silver medallists for World Police and Fireman’s games.

Message from the Mayor, Cr Sarah Carter

The annual Civic Awards ceremony is a highlight on our calendar of events. On Thursday, we came together to recognise and congratulate the many individuals and organisations who donate their time to improve the lives of so many in the City of Maribyrnong. We say thank you to all our nominees who go above and beyond in order to help make our City such a great place to live, work and visit.

Every year we receive such a high calibre of nominations and this year was no exception, with 41 nominations received. It is a privilege to recognise and honour each nominee. On behalf of Maribyrnong City Council, I sincerely congratulate each of the nominees in our 2020 Civic Awards.