Australia Day Community Awards
The North Sydney Australia Day Award winners were recognised at the Citizenship and Awards Ceremony on Sunday 26 January 2020.
North Sydney Citizen of the Year Award was presented to the Senior Pastor of Church by the Bridge, Reverend Paul Dale
He has been serving his church and the North Sydney community for 17 years. He started his journey as Assistant Minister at St Thomas Anglican Church in North Sydney before taking up responsibility for Church by the Bridge on Broughton St, Kirribilli, in 2005. At the time there was no more than 30 congregation members. Today the church has more than 700 adult members and 200 children. One of Paul’s passion projects is the annual Carols under the Bridge event which is one of the largest Christmas celebrations on the lower north shore. The event draws thousands of people each year and is organised and financed by the Church and supported by Council.
The North Sydney Young Citizen of the Year Award was presented to 17-year-old Zoe Moore
Nominated by Phoenix House Youth Services in Crows Nest, the not-for-profit organisation acknowledged the positive impact Zoe has had on her peers who attend the organisation’s study support service. “Zoe has assisted her peers with their studies and organised school holiday trips and gym sessions with other students. What Zoe has essentially done is strengthen and promote community and peer connection with the students in our study support service,” Youth Worker Jerico Wavea said on the nomination form. “Zoe is passionate about women’s rights and environmental issues. She has also previously undertaken volunteer work at an orphanage in Vietnam during her travels in South East Asia.”
The Coal Loader Community Tour Guides Group won the North Sydney Community Group of the Year Award
The group has five volunteers who run tours of the sustainability centre every week for community groups, schools and interested visitors.
The Coal Loader Aquaponic Volunteer Group was also recognised for its efforts, winning the North Sydney Environmental Citizens of the Year Award
The group is developing a new method of growing food with an aim to create a community teaching resource in the form of a living classroom. Eventually, visitors to the Coal Loader Centre will have an opportunity to learn how to symbiotically raise plants and fish in a small space as a source of food.
The Mayor was also delighted to welcome 60 new Australian citizens who came from 21 different countries, at the ceremony.
North Sydney Australia Day Ambassador was Bobby Redman
Bobby is a retired psychologist who was diagnosed with fronto-temporal dementia, in 2015. She is determined to improve the lives of people living with dementia and is passionate about her consumer advocacy work with Dementia Australia. Bobby is also a Rotarian and Red Cross Volunteer and was nominated as the 2020 Senior Australian of the Year.