Becoming an Australian Citizen is a very special event. At the City of Charles Sturt, we hold conferral ceremonies for approved Australian Citizenship applicants living in the council area. If you are accepted as a Citizen of Australia, you will make a pledge and receive your Citizenship Certificate.
2021 Australia Day Awards
Nominations for the 2021 Australia Day Awards have now closed.
The winners will be announced at a presentation on Australia Day Tuesday, 26 January 2021.
Citizen of the Year - Linda MacGillivray
As a well-known icon of Adelaide’s western suburbs, Linda MacGillivray has been the Girl Guide Leader at Woodville South Girl Guides for 47 years.
As a uniting figure, Linda empowers her unit to develop a varied, fun and educational program for every Guide, ensuring they feel special and challenged.
Linda is the Leader in Charge of Camp Amity, an annual camp run by Guides for children with special needs. Working closely with Novita Children’s Services, Linda invites children to the camp, visits service groups, and applies for grants so the camp can continue to be a free service for children to learn new skills.
Linda has been recognised with numerous Guiding awards including; the Brownie Leader warrant in 1973, the Wattle Award in 1981, the Emu Award in 1992, the Bar to the Emu in 2004 and most recently in September 2019, she was presented with the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts-Asia Pacific, Adult Leaders Achievement Award for Unit Leaders at Government House.
Linda was awarded an Order of Australia Medal in 2008 for her service to children, particularly through the Guiding movement, to young people with a disability and to the Uniting Church.
Linda’s leadership, guidance and support are unquestionable, but it’s her patience and warm nature that makes her a figure the young Guides can look up to. Well done Linda!
Young Citizen of the Year - Lila Tran
Lila is not your average school student. Moving into Year 11 at Mount Carmel College, Lila has been instrumental in making her school a better place to be for other students.
Last year, Lila was part of the St Vincent De Paul Sleepout where she not only raised money while sleeping rough for the night, but also helped bake 300 muffins to feed homeless people in the community.
Being passionate about everything she does, Lila is always the first to put her hand up to help others.
With many Year 7 students adjusting to life at high school for the first time, Lila went out of her way to make sure the younger students felt welcomed and supported. On top of this, she also attended many leadership courses during her senior schooling years, and in turn has secured a position as a Student Leader for 2020.
Lila is always willing to better herself and takes on advice from her peers and teachers. Congratulations Lila!
Community Event of the Year - Toy Boys Annual Distribution Day
For almost 30 years, the Toy Boys have been working tirelessly to make children’s lives better.
Throughout their years of community service, the network of retired men have created beautiful hand-made wooden toys, including everything from trucks to doll houses.
Before the Christmas season begins, the Toy Boys invite charity organisations such as the Salvation Army, St Vincent De Paul and Uniting Care to share their creations to families in need.
While the Toy Boys selflessly offer their time to brighten children’s lives, the experience has been just as beneficial for their members. It provides them an opportunity for fellowship, comradery and skills development, all whilst creating a ‘hands on’ means of community service. New members come and go, but their vision always remains the same: To support, nurture and bring joy to the community’s upcoming generations. Great effort Toy Boys!