Yet on Australia Day, the Bullsbrook College pair ” Ms Janes is a science technician and Ms Robinson (16) a student ” were each honoured with a Premier’s Australia Day Active Citizenship Award.
Bullsbrook scooped two of the five Active Citizenship Awards presented within the City of Swan.
Ms Janes is vice-president of the Bullsbrook Residents and Ratepayers’ Association and secretary of the Bullsbrook Landcare Group.
Since moving to Bullsbrook in 1992, she has been involved with and the driving force behind many groups, committees and initiatives.
Ms Janes said she would be thrilled if her award could encourage more people, especially youths, to get more involved in the community.
‘Bullsbrook is going through an important phase ” it’s growing and a lot of things are happening,’ she said.
‘A community is only as good as its people, so if we want to be a vibrant community I would encourage people to join BRRA and become involved. It’s very rewarding and I’ve met great people along the way.’
Ms Robinson won the City’s Active Citizen Award for a person under 25.
The time-savvy student balances her schoolwork with organising community events, involvement in community and voluntary groups and tutoring younger students.
‘I’m really overwhelmed with the award,’ she said.
Ms Robinson has been nominated for Bullsbrook College school captain this year after she played a pivotal role last year in driving student interest in the recent school name and uniform change and led a number of the school’s committees.
Swan Mayor Charlie Zannino said the council received a strong field of nominations for the award.
‘The nominations received by the City each year bring to our attention volunteers who work tirelessly in our community to help make our suburbs even better places to live, work and play,’ he said.
‘Their contributions assist in creating connected communities, often bridging generation gaps and providing opportunities for social interaction.’