South Lake entertainer up for Western Australian of the Year award


Musician Phil Walleystack and dancer Gala Shevstov.  Picture: Jon Hewson           d443696
Musician Phil Walleystack and dancer Gala Shevstov. Picture: Jon Hewson         d443696

SOUTH Lake entertainer Phil Walleystack is a Western Australian of the Year finalist.

The former Southern River College student is in the running for the Aboriginal Award, presented to a nominee who has achieved at a state, national or international level and is an inspirational role model in the Aboriginal community.

“I’m very happy and humbled,” Walleystack said.

“There are a lot of people in the community who are doing great things.” The singer-songwriter, who dipped his toe into the fashion world earlier this year, seems a strong chance.

He donates proceeds from the sale of his track Man of Culture to anti-bullying organisation Kidzucate where he is an ambassador, and is a regular performer at local community events.

He is also an ambassador for 12 Buckets, which helps kids through school.

Walleystack has made a name for himself overseas, with years spent touring his show Strong in Europe, Asia, the USA and the Middle East.

His original music and the way he blended traditional Aboriginal elements with contemporary choreography and sounds garnered positive reviews.

“I’ve had a lot of support in my career from a lot of people so I’ve always had a soft spot for helping others,” he said.

There are 27 Western Australian of the Year finalists across seven categories.

Winners will be announced at the start of the WA Day long weekend on June 2.