Australia Day Awards

The mayor with recipients of the Australian Day Awards.

The Australia Day Awards are presented annually on 26 January (Australia Day) to local citizens and groups who have made outstanding contributions to the community.

The award categories are:

  • Citizen of the Year;
  • Young Citizen of the Year;
  • Fraser Environment Award;
  • Sports Award;
  • Health Award;
  • Senior Citizen Award;
  • Small Business Award; and
  • Cultural & Arts Award.

If you would like to nominate someone for an Australia Day Award, please read through the Australia Day Awards 2020 Guidelines and Nomination Form for eligibility criteria and a nomination form.

Nominations for the 2020 Australia Day Awards close at the end of the day on Tuesday 10 September 2019.

Completed nomination forms should be sent to:

Council & Executive Services (TRIM: 2014/2890)
Liverpool City Council
Locked Bag 7064
Liverpool BC NSW 1871

or email to awards@liverpool.nsw.gov.au

Should you have any queries, please contact George Georgakis on 02 8711 7584.

Citizen of the Year - Rajesh Venkataramaiah
Rajesh arrived in Sydney from India in 1998, beginning his commitment to community and environment by taking part in the first Clean Up Australia Day event at Warwick Farm. As president of not-for-profit organisation Sewa International Australia, he has regularly coordinated tree planting events across Western Sydney, facilitated blood, plasma and bone marrow drives for the Australian Red Cross and established monthly meet-ups at Liverpool City Library for seniors of a culturally and linguistically diverse background. Rajesh and his family have been acknowledged by a number of organisations and Members of Parliament for their extraordinary volunteer efforts.

Senior Citizen of the Year – Robert ‘Bob’ Brassell
Bob has demonstrated a remarkable commitment to Liverpool and the All Saints Parish for 55 years. He visits the homes of the sick in the Liverpool area and has been the Master of Ceremonies at major liturgical functions for over two decades. Bob championed the establishment of Liverpool Catholic Club, where he is a life member, to provide families with a space to socialise and work together on initiatives to support local parishes.

Young Citizen of the Year - Kira Rosch
Kira shows initiative when looking to support the needs of others, with a particular commitment to the mental health of young people. The All Saints Catholic College graduate is an accredited Youth Mental Health First Aider, has participated in Headspace Liverpool’s Youth Reference Group and is actively engaged with her local parish.

Fraser Environment Award - Maree Stacy
Maree has volunteered with the Light Horse Park Environment Group for 16 years and is the coordinator of Liverpool City Council’s Environment Volunteer Program, which restores bushland in the Liverpool area. Over the years, Maree has helped new volunteers and community members to understand the value of local parks and reserves.

Small Business Award - Wild FX (awarded to Phillip Raish)
Phillip’s Prestons-based signage and print business is known for printing school, TAFE and university assignments for local students at no charge. An active member of the Liverpool Chamber of Commerce and Industry, he mentors struggling business owners as a way of giving back. Phillip’s commitment to community was recognised in 2018 when he received two Western Sydney Awards for Business Excellence in relation to customer service and business leadership.

Macquarie Award – Pino Sgambellone
Each year the Mayor selects an individual or group that has made a significant contribution to Liverpool. This year, the Macquarie Award was presented to Pino Sgambellone. He is a well-respected and valued member of Liverpool’s Italian community and a supporter of the arts. Pino has been the Secretary of Liverpool’s Sister City Program with the region of Calabria since 1995 and has sat on a variety of committees aligned to the Italian Catholic and business communities in Australia. While a board member of the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre from 2000 to 2005, he was instrumental in lobbying the NSW Government to co-fund the centre’s refurbishment and has supported the delivery of art programs which celebrate Italian culture.