Following the new direction provided by the Commonwealth Government banning indoor gatherings over more than 100 people, the City of Charles Sturt has decided to cancel our Citizenship Ceremony scheduled for Tuesday 24 March at 6pm.
We apologise in advance to the candidates who were invited to attend this special occasion and know the importance that is placed on becoming an Australian citizen. However the safety and wellbeing of our candidates, our other residents and broader community are our priority at this point in time.
We will continue to take direction from the State and Federal Government during the COVID-19 Pandemic and as such candidates will be contacted when they have been allocated to a future ceremony.
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.
Learn more about what happens during Citizenship Ceremonies.
Citizen of the Year - Australia Day Awards
The City of Charles Sturt is proud to announce the winners of the Australia Day awards.
Mayor Angela Evans presented the awards at the Australia Day Awards Presentation and Citizenship Ceremony on Sunday, 26 January 2020.
Please join us in congratulating the award nominees and recipients who have been recognised their outstanding commitment to serving the community.
A list of the South Australian, Citizen of the Year award winners is available here.
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!