Wanneroo City Council adopted a policy on Wanneroo pioneers at its March 5 meeting, which said the pioneer title would no longer be awarded because of the region’s population growth in the 1960s.
‘During the 1960s, it can be seen that Wanneroo was gradually ceasing to be a pioneering community ” communications and transport made life easier,’ a report to the council said.
‘Based on population increases it could be considered that after 1966 Wanneroo should no longer be considered to be a pioneering place and that making new awards of ‘pioneer’ would no longer be meaningful.’
The report said the City should continue to celebrate with awarded pioneers at a lunch each year after 2016, and use the Australia Day citizen of the year award to acknowledge those who made outstanding contributions to the community, possibly by including a category for seniors.
The then Shire of Wanneroo awarded the first pioneer titles in 1975 to people who had been living there since 1925.