Community Award Winners

Stilt walkers adorning bushfire attire welcomed guests to the 2018 Community Awards and Citizenship Ceremony at the Hugh Kilpatrick Hall in Boyanup on Tuesday, January 23.

Capel Shire Council Chief Executive Officer Paul Sheedy said the event was important because it recognised the volunteers who contribute to keeping the spirit of the Shire’s service groups, sporting bodies and community organisations alive and thriving


He said it also recognised and welcomed individuals and families who became Australian Citizens in the Shire of Capel.

“Council clearly has some fantastic volunteers in the community and it’s because of their efforts, that the Shire of Capel is a great place to live and that attracts new residents,” he said.

“Congratulations to all the nominees and winners in all the categories and especially to Rae Thorpe who was awarded the Australia Day Citizen of the Year.”

Ms Thorpe, with support from her husband Richard, has managed the Australian Coast Radio Monitors for the past 31 years. The service provides dedicated radio coverage for all sea rescue groups and the boating community in Bunbury, Busselton, Dunsborough and Margaret River.  The service is provided between 7.00am and 10.00 pm, seven days a week, every day of the year.

In recognition of the individuals and group contributions to the community there are a number of community awards presented to those who have excelled or made a significance difference in their community.

  • The Young Citizen of the Year was awarded to Victoria Richardson for her devotion and hard work to the Local Drug Action Group in Dalyellup.
  • Young Sportsperson of the Year was awarded to Jason Sawyer in recognition of his BMX and mountain biking awards and commitment to the sport.
  • The Community Supporting Group of the Year was awarded to the Capel CWA Shout Retro Blast event and for its ongoing service to the community.
  • The Act Belong Commit Award was presented to the Capel Cemetery Survey Group for their tireless efforts to record the history of the cemetery.

The Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade Service Awards were presented to volunteers from across the Shire’s bushfire brigades and presented by Assistant Commissioner Graham Swift and Minister for Volunteering Mick Murray.

More than 100 volunteers were recognised for their service of either five, 10 or 15 years and presented with their medallions or National Service Medals.

A significant service milestone was recognised when John James from the Capel Bush Fire Brigade and John Prowse from the Elgin Bush Fire Brigade received their 60 Year Service Medals.

Mr Sheedy congratulated all of the service award recipients for their commitment and dedication to the bush fire brigade service in the Capel Shire community.