Australia Day Community Awards

Each year, Australia Day Awards are presented to outstanding citizens in the local community to acknowledge their hard work and the contribution they make to 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, so if you know someone who deserves to be celebrated nominate them now. 


The Award categories are:

  • Citizen of the Year
  • Young Citizen of the Year - under 24 on 31 Dec 2019
  • Community Event or Community Group of the Year

Nominations are now closed (26 Oct 2019)

Thank you to all those who nominated.

Winners will be announced on Australia Day, 26 January 2020


2019 Award Winners

The North Sydney Citizen of the Year Award was presented to the long serving secretary of the Holtermann precinct Laura Tilsed for her dedication to serving and representing her local community. Ms Tilsed has also attended a large number of Council committees to push for positive outcomes for her neighbourhood and the North Sydney community as a whole.


The Community Group of the Year Award was presented to Edmund D’Cruz, the Chief Executive Officer of Phoenix House Youth Services, which provides high quality early intervention and support to young people experiencing life challenges. Services provided by Phoenix House include case management, counselling, wellbeing and self-care programs as well as organising work experience placements. Every year Phoenix House provides a vital helping hand and support for more than 300 young people in North Sydney when they are struggling and need it most.


The Young Citizen of the Year Award was presented to Sophia Skarparis, a Monte Sant' Angelo Mercy College student who collected more than 12,000 signatures for her petition to ban single-use plastic bags in NSW, resulting in the petition being tabled in the NSW parliament. Sophia’s petition helped generate awareness of the negative environmental impact of single-use plastic bags and single-use plastic in general.