Awards, Grants & Funding


Australia Day

Nominations for the 2023 Australia Day Awards are now open. Nominations will close on Friday 2 December at 4.30pm. 

Citizen-Young Citizen Nomination Form 2023
Community Group Nomination Form 2023
Environmental Award Nomination Form 2023

Congratulations to our 2022 Australia Day Award Winners!

Citizen of the Year – Mark Paget

Young Citizen of the Year – Liam Shepherd

Community Group of the Year – Collie Volunteer Fire & Rescue Service

Environmental Award – Carol Gale

Photos by Nola Green


Sporting Scholarships

Sporting Scholarship Request Form
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.

Sports Awards

The 2022 Sports Awards were held on Friday 18 November. The winners were:

JL Mumme Sportsperson of the Year: Gemma Buckle – Little Athletics, Football and Netball

This year Gemma has consistently put effort into club and personal training, holding 20 club records at the Collie River Valley Little Athletics Club. Gemma has also focused on organising and throwing events for the club. At the Regional Championships in Kalgoorlie, Gemma took out Gold in Javelin, Discus and Shotput, breaking the Javelin record by 11 metres – the record is now 43.56 metres. At the State Championships, Gemma won bronze in Shotput and Discus, silver in Javelin and gold in Hammer. After her success at States she was one of 65 athletes selected for the West Australian Emerging Athlete Program.

Representing WA in Sydney at the Australian National Championships in Athletics, Gemma qualified for Shotput, Hammer and Javelin. Placing well in both Shotput and Hammer and despite fierce competition and inclement weather, her grit and determination saw her take the gold medal in Javelin making her the current Australian Champion. From this achievement Gemma has been selected as one of the 12 WA athletes to attend the Coles Little Athletics National Under 15 Camp and is the chosen face of the Coles Media Campaign.

In Netball Gemma’s Team took out the grand final. In football she was awarded 3rd Fairest and Best and has been selected for the South West Football Talent Squad for girls aged 13-18yrs.

Junior Shire of Collie Sportsperson of the Year: An-ne Pelser – Little Athletics

Collie River Valley Little Athletics saw An-ne achieve 23 personal bests throughout the season, she now holds 9 club records including U16 Shotput – 11.18m, U16 Discus – 34.42m, U16 Javelin – 28.47m and U16 300m Hurdles – 1.05.74 s

As part of the Bunbury Regional Athletics Club, An-ne holds 2 club records for U16 Discus and Javelin.

At the 2022 CSHS inter house carnival she took first place with 3 record breaking throws in Shotput, Discus and Javelin, breaking the41 year record.

An-ne took part in the State Country Championships in Kalgoorlie, where she broke 2 records and won the U16 Discus, Shotput and Javelin and placed 3rd in the Long Jump. At the Little Athletics State Track & Field Championships in Perth she placed 1st in U16 Discus and 3rd in Shotput & Javelin. The 2022 Track and Field Championships in Perth saw An-ne place first in U16 Discus and Hammer Throw as well as second in Shotput.

An-ne represented WA in Sydney and threw a personal best in Discus placing 5th and was 10th in Shotput.


Volunteer of the Year: Emma Whiteaker – Nominated by BMX and Police Rangers.


In 2016 Emma joined the general committee, and by 2017 she had willingly accepted the role of Registrar of the Collie BMX Club. With over 5 years of tirelessly volunteering her time, Emma is still currently our Registrar and has taken on the following responsibilities:

  • Meets and welcomes riders every week at race meetings
  • Takes payments and enters riders nominations for weekly racing
  • Orders transponders (timing devices) and activates them for riders to use using the MyLaps software
  • Sets up the race schedule using the OurScorz software system and prints the race order
  • Analyses rider data including gate times and race lap times
  • Assists in getting donations for the club for fundraising
  • Upskills with new software programs as required
  • Assists in organising presentation events, working out winners in each age category
  • Assists in opening up the track for racing
  • Advertises and keep members up to date with BMX events on Facebook


WA Police Force, Collie Police Rangers

Unit Leader Emma Whiteaker has been an integral part of Collie Police Rangers for 17 Years. The Police Rangers program is a volunteer run, free to join program which encourages 12-17 year olds to become community minded individuals as well as developing excellent transferable skills for future employment.

Emma started at Collie Police Rangers in 2005 at the age of 12, while in the first year of senior school. She quickly became involved in the running of the unit and was running the Unit as a Ranger before she was 18. This involved planning and delivering the program and organising fellow Rangers.

She officially took the full responsibility of the Collie Unit at 18 years old and ensured the continued delivery of the program. This involves managing the budget and unit expenditure, registering and reporting to Department of Communities, carrying out risk assessments to ensure the young people under her responsibility enjoy safe and well-planned activities, ordering and maintaining the Unit uniforms and equipment.and liaising with PCYC and venue operators to book and plan activities.

Under her direction and as a result of her dedication to the young people, the Collie Unit has improved and increased in size.

She attends the Police Rangers Unit Leaders meetings and training which involves travel to Perth and Joondalup as well as online.

She has also attended and organised activities including Camps at Mornington, Ern Halliday and Mundijong Activity Centre. As well as day events including ANZAC day parades and activities such as mountain biking. These all develop the Rangers’ confidence, teamwork, discipline and community awareness.

The Collie Unit under Emma’s direction has developed into a cohesive and friendly group which was seen at the 2022 State Camp at Manjedal. The Unit worked hard as a group and won the Best Camp award. This was a well-deserved and unanimous decision.

Without Emma’s dedication and support of the young people, the Collie Police Rangers could not operate and would have closed, depriving the Collie area of an important youth program. I congratulate her on her dedication and interaction with the Police Rangers.