Ballarat Community Awards
The Ballarat Community Awards recognise the outstanding achievements of community members who have gone above and beyond to improve the lives of everyone in the region. The annual Ballarat Citizen of the Year, Ballarat Young Citizen of the Year and Community Activity of the Year Awards are announced in January each year.
2022 Ballarat Community Awards
Celebrate Ballarat’s outstanding achievers. These are the 2022 City of Ballarat Community Awards winners!
- Ballarat Citizen of the Year - Daniel Cook
During the COVID pandemic, in particular, during the months of September, October and November 2021 Daniel single-handedly managed the Ballarat COVID Information page on Facebook. At its peak (mid to end October) the page had over 10,000 members and continues to grow.
Feedback from the community was that some residents were finding it hard to find this information easily in the tangled web of information on official sites. Initially, Dan created a google doc, which is still used today to list all the active Ballarat exposure sites which was then pinned to the FB group allow quick and easy access for anyone 24/7.
Dan worked in consultation with various health groups including Ballarat Health Services Media Department and the Grampians Public Health Unit whilst conversing constantly with both Regional and Metro contact tracers to provide the most up to date and accurate information for the Ballarat community.
- Ballarat Young Citizen of the Year - Bradley Woods
Bradley is a dedicated member of the Wendouree Fire Brigade and has served the Wendouree and surrounding communities since he moved to Ballarat from Ararat for university in 2015.
Over that time he has attended several incidents in the Wendouree area which has involved him interacting with members of the community and assisting them in their time of need.
Further to this he has been a part of many large scale bushfires that have impacted Victoria through his time in CFA. He has attended the Scotsburn fires in 2015 and more recently in 2019/20 spent five days in East Gippsland as part of a Strike Team that was sent to assist.
In July 2021 Bradley was elected into the position of 1st Lieutenant within the Wendouree Fire Brigade. This displays the leadership skills that he has exhibited to the brigade and the trust he has from its members.
- Community Activity of the Year - Freshly Cooked Free Food in Lockdown
The Ballarat Keralites' Foundation of Australia Inc. are an incredible group of people that provided some 2,454 freshly cooked quality Indian meals absolutely free during lockdown.
The ‘Freshly Cooked Free Food at Lock Down’ initiative was the result of numerous requests from the Ballarat community for food assistance.
BKFA answered this call, inspiring local community members from all walks of life including students, teachers, doctors and politicians all joining in to help pack and deliver the free food.
Not only did the BKFA meet a demand that on some days saw as many as 400 requests for food but they also raised the awareness to so many about those less fortunate or vulnerable and unable to cook for themselves.
The Ballarat Community Awards are provided by the Australia Day Committee (Victoria) and are run by Local Government Authorities throughout Australia, on behalf of each council.
The Awards were presented at an official presentation and citizenship ceremony in January 2022.
2021 Ballarat Community Awards
Ballarat Citizen of the Year 2021 – Dr Sundram Sivamalai
Ballarat Young Citizen of the Year 2021 – Gabriel Gervasoni
Ballarat Community Activity of the Year 2021 – Ballarat Reverse Advent Calendar (Heather Luttrell)