Australia Day at John Creaney Reserve

1 February 2019

John Creaney Reserve, Bull Creek was a sea of green and gold on 26 January 2019 as an estimated 1,000 people flocked to the reserve to celebrate Australia Day.

Kick-starting the morning was a barbecue breakfast cooked by the Lions Club of Bull Creek, which was followed by a flag raising, traditional Welcome to Country, the presentation of the annual Community Citizen of the Year Awards and a celebration of 70 years of citizenship in Australia with 49 Melville residents becoming Australian citizens.

The Community Citizen of the Year Awards are run across the country by many local governments, and aim to reward and recognise individuals and organisations that make a notable contribution to their communities through volunteering.

Anyone can nominate someone for a Community Citizen of the Year Award, and nominations are assessed by a local selection committee, at the City of Melville made up of the Mayor, Deputy Mayor, CEO, and Director of Community Development.

This year, two outstanding community citizens were awarded with Community Citizen of the Year Awards, with City of Melville Mayor Russell Aubrey thanking and congratulating them for their tireless and ongoing commitment to the community through their volunteering work.

“On behalf of the City of Melville, I would like to thank and congratulate our two award recipients, Community Citizen of the Year recipient, Denis Waddams, and Young Community Citizen of the Year Award Winner, Ryan Garvey,” Mayor Aubrey said.

“Not only does your contribution have a positive impact on the organisations you volunteer for, but it also benefits the community as a whole and inspires others to get involved and make a difference.”

This Year’s Community Citizen of the Year Awards recipients

Denis Waddams – Community Citizen of the Year

Denis is a dedicated, long term volunteer at the Murdoch University Football Club. Denis’ friendly, helpful and focused volunteering enhances community life within the City of Melville. He is recognised as a coach, who teaches not only excellent technical skills, but also instills the love for physical activity and good sportsmanship in young players. His dedication ensures that not only his own son’s team has a great coach, but that new coaches learn their role, all 1,500 local players have uniforms and 100 teams have the equipment they need.

Ryan Garvey - Young Community Citizen of the Year Award Winner

Ryan has been an active, committed and passionate advocate for volunteering in the community. Demonstrating natural leadership skills and very high standards, Ryan has volunteered in the Kimberly region of Western Australia, working closely with indigenous students and staff at the Muludja Remote Community School as a part of the Teach Learn Grow program. He has also volunteered with Melville Rotary Club, the Anglicare Ambassadors Program and Anglicare Sleep Out.

Each recipient received $400 to donate to a local community group or charity of their choice, and the people who nominated them also received $100 for the same purpose.

The City’s Community Citizen of the Year Awards are coordinated by the Melville Volunteer Resource Centre, a City of Melville service that links individuals with volunteer positions in the community and advertises volunteer positions for not-for-profit agencies.

The Centre acts as a support resource for more than 160 community organisations seeking volunteers, and is funded by the State Government through the Department of Communities.

For more information about volunteering within the City of Melville, the Melville Volunteer Resource Centre or the Community Citizen of the Year Awards visit or call 9364 0669.

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