Community Small Grants Fund
Round One of the 2019/20 Community Small Grants Fund is now closed.
Nominations for the 2020 Citizen of the Year Awards are now open in the following categories:
On Australia Day we come together as a nation to celebrate what’s great about Australia and being Australian. It’s the day to reflect on what we have achieved and what we can be proud of in our great nation. It’s the day for us to re-commit to making Australia an even better place for the future.
Congratulations to the 2019 Australia Day award winners:
Shire of Collie Environmental Award – Friends of the Collie River
The friends of the Collie River are a subcommittee of the Rotary Club of Collie. Working alongside Shire and community members over the past year they undertook extensive work to revegetate sections of the Collie River, planting some 10,000 seedlings. The Friends of the Collie River Group has encouraged participation from youth groups and schools in their activities, spreading the caring for our environment message and educating for the future. The work undertaken by this group reflects the concern for the environment shown by The Rotary Club of Collie and helps improve and rehabilitate Collies waterways for all residents.
Shire of Collie Community Group of the Year – Collie P.C.Y.C.
Collie PCYC works closely with the West Australian Police to deliver structured, tailored, engaging programs to the youth of Collie in a positive and safe environment. Through recreational and specialised programs Collie PCYC continues to build a great relationship with the local community which enables them to plan around the community’s needs. Collie PCYC has a qualified case manager onsite, for people in need of support and guidance. The centre is a safe environment where young people can come and chat about any issues they may be dealing with and receive help and support. Collie PCYC through the new “StreetGym” program caught the attention of Gymnastics Australia and were given the national launch of the new “FreeG Kids” Program. Collie PCYC then went on to host the first “FreeG/Streetgym” competition in the State. The successful Gymnastics and Air Rifles programs have consistently produced State level competitors. The “Safe Space” program has doubled the number of youth attending in less than a year showing the positive and safe environment provided are valued by those who need it most.
Shire of Collie Young Citizen of the Year – Hayden Barber
Hayden first came to the Coalfields Museum in 2017 for the induction program and has been a constant volunteer since. Despite his tender age of 17 at the time he came with a wealth of knowledge as he is a keen collector of bottles, number plates, signs and boxes among other things. Initially he was responsible for assisting in the identifying and displaying of the bottle collection which is now named and displayed at the museum. Hayden also sorted through our large collection of number plates allowing the museum to evaluate those that have significance to Collie. Because of his vast knowledge in his chosen fields of collecting artefacts, Hayden was asked to join a selected group of experienced valuers brought together from Perth and the South-West to value items brought forward by the public at our Antiques Roadshow as part of Festiv Arty 2018. Often volunteering is the domain of older people and retirees, it is rare to encounter a young person with the depth of knowledge and passion that Hayden has.
Shire of Collie Citizen of the Year – Ian Bushell
Born and raised in New South Wales, Ian moved to Collie over 40 years ago after being transferred by Coles as the new manager. With his wife Judy, they have owned local businesses and Ian worked at Worsley for 30 years. During his time at Worsley Ian introduced the Ruggies Recycling project to the refinery, when he retired in 2012 the project had donated over $500,000 to PMH and RFDS. As Deputy Chairman of the Collie Mining Heritage Group Ian became involved in many projects and is still working towards the restoration of the Roundhouse and other heritage sites. Ian is an active member of the Lions Club of Collie, he sits on the board of management and is the coordinator of the annual Christmas Pageant, a successful and popular event that continues to thrive under his leadership. Ian was Deputy Chairman of the Collie River Valley Marketing Group, he was instrumental in the upgrade of the Harris Dam recreation area and was also a driving force behind the video project to promote Collie as a tourist destination. Ian was the Project Manager for the Men’s Shed, a 3-year project and was the mens shed coordinator for the first 2 years of operation. He now spends time there helping wherever he can to make sure it remains the success it has become.
Sporting Scholarship Application
Assistance can be provided as a sporting scholarship of $250 for an individual or up to $500 where 3 or more residents are selected in a Western Australian State or Australian National representative team.
Nominations for the 2019 Sports Person of the Year Awards are now closed.
Sportsperson of the Year Nomination 2019 Form
Junior Sportsperson of the Year Nomination 2019 Form
Special Achievement Nomination 2019 Form
Volunteer of the Year Nomination 2019 Form