Congratulations to Australia Day Award Winners 2017

Celebrating Australia Day yesterday, the City of Melville recognised four outstanding residents and two distinguished community groups at the 2017 Australia Day Awards and Citizenship Ceremony.

The annual event held at John Creaney Park in Bull Creek attracted a big crowd who enjoyed a barbeque breakfast by the Lions Club of Bull Creek and entertainment by the Leeming Band while congratulating this year’s award recipients.
Premier’s Australia Day Active Citizenship Award Winners 2017
Keith Daddow - Keith is an inspiration to the community, his dedication to volunteering benefitting Applecross Junior Football Club, Ardross Junior Cricket Club, Ardross Primary School Football Club and the Prostate Cancer Foundation. Not only has Keith been instrumental in raising awareness of men's health in the community, he has help raise over $100,000 for the Prostate Cancer Foundation.  
John Wigham - John is committed to supporting local community groups, volunteering his time and expertise as a builder and working on committees across a number of organisations. John puts in countless hours at the Palmyra Rugby Club, assists as a coach for football training sessions and collects for the Red Cross appeal each year.
Premier’s Australia Day Active Citizenship Award Winners 2017 (for a person under 25 years)
Samantha Romeo - Samantha has been an active, committed and passionate advocate for volunteering in the community, assisting several organisations including South Care, Young Vinnies, Seeds of Justice and the Red Cross soup patrol.
Valen Bullivant - Valen’s commitment to Melville City Football Club has been exemplary, providing an excellent role model and display of sportsmanship. Valen has been responsible for all aspects of coaching the team, from selecting players, developing lesson plans, scheduling training, coordinating parent volunteers and holding sessions to manage player behaviour. 
Premier’s Australia Day Active Citizenship Award 2017 for a Community Group Winners
Melville Woodturners Association – this well-loved community group work all year to craft beautiful handmade toys for children from disadvantaged backgrounds at Christmas time.  In 2015 toys were distributed to men at Wandoo prison, to allow them to gift their children while they are incarcerated and without an income.  
Lions Club of Bull Creek – thanks to a group of dedicated volunteers, the Lions Club of Bull Creek has been running the Australia Day breakfast for the past 18 years. The club’s efforts extend throughout the year, supporting projects at Fiona Stanley Hospital and numerous community fairs.
City of Melville Mayor Russell Aubrey congratulated award winners on their commitment to helping worthy causes throughout the community.
“On behalf of all residents, I offer sincere thanks and congratulations to our award winners for 2017,”
“The contributions of Keith, John, Samantha, Valen and members of Melville Woodturners Association and the Lions Club of Bull Creek are inspirational; their selfless dedication to making our community a better place is a value for us all to aspire to,” he said.
Welcome to Country was given by Aboriginal Elder Betty Garlett and Mayor Aubrey paid respect to the traditional owners of the City of Melville, recognising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ contribution to the community.
“On Australia Day, we importantly and humbly also recognise the Noongar people as the traditional custodians of the City of Melville and the unique status of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.”
The City of Melville hosts bi-monthly citizenship ceremonies at the Civic Centre, officiated by His Worship the Mayor for all new citizens, for more information visit
To nominate someone for the 2018 Australia Day Awards, or for more information please visit or call 1300 635 845 | 9364 0669.
Image caption: Australia Day Award Winners 2017 with Mayor Russell Aubrey; L to R Keith Daddow, Valen Bullivant, David Rechter (Melville Woodturners Assn), John Wigham, Rasa Subramania (Lions Club of Bull Creek), Samantha Romeo