Matthew is 19 years old and has been volunteering since he was 13 at the Pinjarra and Dwellingup yards of Hotham Valley Railway, helping with maintenance of rolling stock and locomotive track work.
Hotham Valley Tourist Railway’s youngest volunteer is progressing through the railways training program to become a fireman and driver.
While attending school in Pemberton, he travelled to Pinjarra by bus and train during the school holidays, and since leaving school and starting work, he now travels from Perth most weekends to continue his volunteering work.
The other nominees were Daniel Nunn and Kylie Graham. Kylie is a volunteer with the City of Mandurah two days a week covering administration, IT, events and community development. Daniel volunteers at Falcon e-library and Community Centre once a week, completing a range of tasks with the help of his carer and at Coodanup Community College doing small administration duties.