Australia Day Community Awards

We're celebrating our community heroes on Australia Day and looking for people who make a difference in North Sydney.

They could be involved in a local community group, actively volunteer to help others, or inspire those around them. The awards recognise people from all walks of life. 

The Award categories are:

  • Citizen of the Year
  • Young Citizen of the Year under 24 (on 31 Dec 2018)
  • Community Event or Community Group of the Year

Nominations closed on 26 Oct 2018.

The winners of the 2019 awards will be announced on Australia Day, 26 January 2019.


Australia Day Community Awards 2018

In 2018 we congratulated these Community Award Winners… 


Citizen of the Year: was Sister Carmel McDonough RSM for her role as mission educator at Monte Sant’ Angelo Mercy College. Sr Carmel drives the Mercy Action Group (MAG) – a student-based initiative that advocates for critical social justice issues surrounding the environment, refugees, homelessness and indigenous people. She provides students with the knowledge and skills to act as responsible citizens within their local community and abroad.



Joint Community Group of the Year: recognised with the award for their outstanding Christmas light display which draws large crowds and has raised contributed money for various charities over the past two decades was Helen and Kostas Mallikopoulos (see video below).



Joint Community Group of the Year: also honoured was The Uniting North Sydney Local Area Coordination Team for helping those in the local area with a disability better engage with their community, and live a quality life. The group has initiated a sweep of projects including community drop-in consultations, regular library hot desks, workshops and expos.



North Sydney Australia Day Ambassador: we would like to thank Amelia Farrugia for joining us for our Australia Day Citizenship and Community Awards Ceremony.


Helen and Kostas Mallikopoulos: