Big ceremony for big-hearted residents


Josephine, Rowan and Reymond Rabino.
Picture: Matt Jelonek           d448970
Big ceremony for big-hearted residents
Big ceremony for big-hearted residents
Josephine, Rowan and Reymond Rabino. Picture: Matt Jelonek         d448970

Originating from 67 countries, 816 City of Wanneroo residents became Australian citizens at the January 26 event at the Wanneroo Showground.

Mayor Tracey Roberts also announced the winners of this year’s City of Wanneroo Australia Day awards.

Mindarie resident Matthew Vine won the Charles Searson youth award for his “hundreds of hours” volunteering on community projects at schools, universities, local charities and clubs.

“Matthew supported his local athletics club, provided mentoring for many university students and helped to fund raise for numerous charities,” a City statement said.

“Demonstrating leadership within the local community with drive and enthusiasm, Matthew was acknowledged for his positive engagement with various youth groups.”

Mr Vine won the City’s student citizen award in 2008.

Two Rocks resident Ron Arnold won the award for an individual over 25 for his volunteer work in the Yanchep and Two Rocks communities since 1982.

“His efforts have helped to bring the region to life thanks to his commitment in fulfilling numerous organisational and management roles at community events,” the statement said.

“As president of the Yanchep Two Rocks Community Rec Association Inc, Ronald has been continually working alongside the City of Wanneroo to provide community facilities.”

Wangara-based charity Wheelchairs for Kids won the community group award, with its 150 weekly volunteers recognised for working together since 1998. “The organisation builds wheelchairs for disabled children in developing countries, including those who have been injured from land mines,” the statement said.

“Around 300 wheelchairs are constructed each month through this group’s efforts, and are donated with purpose designed blankets made by various community members.”