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Australia Day Awards recipients

The Maroondah Australia Day Awards recognise the achievements of Australians and the contribution they make to the Maroondah community. Awards are presented in three categories:

  • Citizen of the Year
  • Young Citizen of the Year
  • Community Event of the Year.

Australia Day celebrations 2017

The 2017 Maroondah Australia Day Awards were presented on 26 January 2017 and we offer our congratulations to the following deserving recipients:

Jill Cowie

Jill Cowie

Citizen of the Year

Since the early 1960’s Jill Cowie has been an active volunteer in the Maroondah Community, raising funds in the 1960’s for the creation of the Pleasant Drive Kindergarten in Heathmont and the second Heathmont Scout Hall.

She has been a member of the Heathmont Primary School Committee; a committee member (including president) of the Parents' Committee of Heathmont Uniting Netball Club; a committee member of the Ringwood Ballet Group (ticket secretary for more than 10 years); taught Sunday school for 17 years; and was a member of both the Ringwood Secondary School, Mothers Club, School Council and a member of the School Council Heritage Committee. Jill has delivered Meals on Wheels from Federation Estate for Maroondah for more than 14 years and has been Treasurer, Vice President and President of the Heathmont Ladies Probus Club.

Jill is a long-time member of U3A Ringwood, being involved as a class member, tutor, committee member (holding offices including Secretary and President) and along with her husband Ray, she continues to volunteer to undertake tasks to contribute to the smooth running of the association. Jill has made and continues to make a valuable contribution to U3A Ringwood and the broader Maroondah community.

 Jill has also door knocked to raise funds for the Red Cross, an activity organised by late Councillor Anne Fraser and in recent years for various other charities including the Heart Foundation.

Hau Za Cin Kip Gen (known as Cin)


Young Citizen

Cin recently participated in a youth video project where he was instrumental in creating a short film about settling in eastern Melbourne. As a refugee himself, Cin arrived in Australia in 2012 from Burma and knows first-hand the struggles and challenges of settling into a new culture and society.

Through the Migrant Information Centre youth video making project, Cin was able to identify challenges commonly faced by young people in the initial months of their settlement in Australia (specifically relating to life in outer Eastern Melbourne) and to think critically about what he wished someone had explained to him when he first arrived.

This brainstorming led to the production of a short film in Cin’s home dialect of Zomi, a language that is increasingly being spoken in Maroondah today. Cin’s video is hoped to increase feelings of social connectedness among newly arrived young people in their initial months living in eastern Melbourne.

Cin is a member of the Croydon Ranges Soccer Club, regularly plays guitar and helps lead worship at the Zomi Mission Church. He is also involved with young adult and youth ministry.



Community Event of the Year 

The COOLHEADS fundraising event raised money for Eastern Health to purchase two Scalp Cooling machines worth $145,000. These machines will prevent women from losing their hair during chemotherapy, giving them a more positive outcome during such a tough time in their lives. A gold coin donation drive was held from Ringwood East Station to Maroondah Hospital, as well as movie nights, morning teas, free dress days and an online website was created for donations.

These machines will be the first in Victoria free of charge to patients.


The Australia Day Awards process

The Awards for Citizen and Young Citizen of the Year recognise outstanding contributions to the Maroondah community by individuals. The contribution could be in the areas of sport; hobbies; at school, college or university; in business or trade; to the environment; personal achievement or voluntary work.

The person does not need to be a resident of Maroondah, but their contribution must be substantially to the community of Maroondah

The Award for Community Event of the Year recognises an event which best reflects the importance of strong community values and ties. The event must have taken place in Maroondah during the previous year.

Nomination forms for the 2018 Awards are now available.

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