Harvest Lake association wins active citizen award


Active Citizen Award winners Alan Stewart, Coolbellup Community Association representative Rona Dean, Benjamin Gilbert and Bill Nuttall with Mayor Logan Howlett.
Active Citizen Award winners Alan Stewart, Coolbellup Community Association representative Rona Dean, Benjamin Gilbert and Bill Nuttall with Mayor Logan Howlett.

THE Harvest Lake Residents Association (HLRA) is proving itself one of the strongest community groups in Cockburn after one of its members picked up another major award.

On Thursday HLRA member Alan Stewart claimed the top gong at Cockburn’s Community Citizen of the Year Awards.

The award followed a December win for the group, with Pearl Keller crowned Cockburn’s Inspirational Volunteer for 2016.

Mayor Logan Howlett said Mr Stewart was always available to lend a helping hand.

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“He has volunteered with great enthusiasm to support the aims and aspirations of the association,” Mr Howlett said.

“But more importantly he is always available with willing hands at events and associated activities.”

Eighteen-year-old Benjamin Gilbert claimed the Youth award for his impact on the local St John division.

Mr Gilbert, who put in more than 350 hours of community service in 2016, was also named winner of the youth category at Cockburn’s Inspirational Volunteer Awards in December.

Bill Nuttall claimed the Senior Award for his volunteer work at the Jean Willis Centre and with Friends of the Community.

“He has a kind word for everyone and is interested in everything,” Mr Howlett said.

“Bill helps clients on and off buses, supports fellow volunteers, serves up meals, joins in daily activities and entertains with his stories.”

The Coolbellup Community Association claimed the Active Citizen Award for a Community Group or Event.

The passionate residents group has been involved in community markets, film nights, youth engagement and caring for the environment.

“They have also been involved in identifying changes needed at Cooby Hub and participate in the monthly fruit and veg swap, which contributes to the free verge food project,” Mr Howlett said.

“They are now working on a community mural to give the area a facelift.”