City celebrates outstanding locals
A café owner committed to providing real employment opportunities for people with disability was one of several deserving recipients of this year’s City of South Perth Citizen of the Year Awards.
Sarah Yates, owner of Our Ruby Girl in Como, was among the community members recognised for their contributions to community life and active citizenship as part of the City’s Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony at Sir James Mitchell Park.
Categories for the Australia Day Council of WA awards – presented by Mayor Greg Milner and South Perth MLA Geoff Baker – include Community Citizen of the Year, Senior Citizen of the Year (over 65 years), Young Citizen of the Year (under 25 years) and the Active Citizenship Award (community group or event).
Mayor Milner congratulated all award winners and nominees, saying their generosity and desire to enhance our community were a true reflection of the spirt of these awards.
“It is heartening to know we have such a diverse and extensive network of dedicated and passionate people within our community,” he added.
“The City of South Perth is incredibly fortunate to have such passionate and positive people contributing to the rich social fabric of our community.”
Mayor Milner also thanked everyone who took the time to nominate individuals and groups for these awards.
Local winners were among more than 230 individuals and organisations award recipients across the State, with some 70 local governments taking part in the prestigious awards.
Category winners were judged to have made a significant contribution to the local community, demonstrated leadership on a community issue resulting in the enhancement of community life, introduced a significant initiative that has brought about positive change and added value to community life, and have inspiring qualities as a role model for the community.
Winners and nominees of the 2023 Citizen of the Year Awards were:
Community Citizen of the Year Award – Sarah Yates
Sarah Yates is an outstanding community citizen and local business owner who is leading the way as an equal opportunity employer.
• Sarah Yates – Our Ruby Girl
Senior Community Citizen of the Year Award – Peter Cole
• Peter Cole – Southcare
Young Community Citizen of the Year Award – Emily Lassam
Active Citizenship Award for a group or event – Friends of South Perth Wetlands
Established in 2018, Friends of South Perth Wetlands plays an important role in improving the local environment for all to enjoy.
The Friends of South Perth Wetlands are commended for their planting efforts along the Swan River Estuary, which has increased the habitat for more than 80 different bird species.
Ted Maslen Award - Michael Swift
Wesley College Perth student Michael Swift received the City's Ted Maslen University Exhibition Award for 2023.
The City presents the Ted Maslen Award to the top performing student each year in honour of Dr Ted Maslen, a renowned local scholar and past City of South Perth Councillor.
To find out more about active citizenship and volunteering in our community by visiting our Get Involved page.
Pictured (L-R): Geoff Baker MLA, Michael Swift, Peter Cole, Mayor Greg Milner, Sarah Yates, Friends of South Perth Wetlands representative Rod Safstrom
Pictured below: Emily Lassam