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Citizen of the Year Awards

Recognising our outstanding citizens

City of Prospect Citizen of the Year Awards were proudly presented on the main stage at our Tourrific Prospect Street Party on Monday, 20 January 2020.

The purpose of the awards is to recognise people and groups in our local communities who are making outstanding contributions.

These awards recognise people in three categories:

  1. Citizen of the Year
  2. Young Citizen of the Year
  3. Community Event of the Year

City of Prospects 2020 Citizen of the Year recipient is Robert Roocke

Robert volunteers for various organisations within our communities and was awarded life membership with the Prospect District Cricket Club for his 20 years’ service, 15 of those years as junior cricket coach.

Robert joined Meals on Wheels in 2012 and has been a member of the Prospect Rotary Club for 19 years, serving as President in 2009/10 and was awarded the Paul Harris Fellow Medal for good service on three occasions.

Robert mentors Year 10 students from Blackfriars, and for the last 10 years Robert has also volunteered at the Food Centre, an organisation that cares for 700 disadvantaged families, serving on the management committee where he has made a substantial contribution by assisting with their policies and procedures.

Robert has made valuable links between the Food Centre and the Prospect Rotary Club with food hampers etc.

Finally, Robert is also an Elder with the Lutheran Church in North Adelaide

We have dual recipients this year for the Young Citizen of the Year and the winners for this category were Max Weir and Charlotte Crosby.

Max is awarded for his outstanding achievements as a young individual in the areas of innovation and creativity and Charlotte for her compassion and contributions for the benefit of others.  Both these young people are outstanding young citizens, let us welcome them to the stage.

Max joined the STEMSEL (Science Technology Engineering Maths Social Enterprise Learning) Foundation when he was 11 years of age, this is where he grew his passion for technology, social enterprises and the environment.

Max created and entered his invention, the automated compost bin monitoring system at the Royal Adelaide Show Inventions Competition in 2018 and took out first place in his category. His prize allowed him to enter into the Malaysian Invention & Design Society’s World Young Inventors Exhibition in 2019. His project – titled ‘Kids fight Climate Change with Artificial Intelligence’ – was the only entry from Australia in the Secondary Level section of the competition, which he won despite the average age of competitors being 16.

Max is now working on a system to capture the methane – a greenhouse gas – produced in the composting process so it can be later burned as fuel. His invention is designed for a BiobiN, a patented system for organic materials developed by Willunga‐based Peats Soil.

Charlotte formed a charity, Bags of Joy, in 2016 at age 10. She was concerned about children who had to stay in hospital being bored and she wanted to do something to help. Charlotte presented an idea to the Women’s and Children’s Hospital and is now working with the Women’s and Children’s Hospital Play Therapists and Foundation to raise money and provide sick children with bags filled with activities to keep them entertained whilst in hospital.

Charlotte is also a student representatives on the inaugural Adelaide Botanic High School Governing Council where she has contributed to the initial set up and operations of the school.

Community Event of the Year Award recipient was Broadview Football Club.

Working in collaboration with three other amateur league clubs, Broadview Football Club took a lead role to arrange a “Community Day at the Footy” in August 2019.

The day was aimed at raising awareness and funds for causes including White Ribbon (Domestic Violence) and Pink Ribbon (Breast Cancer), with a feature of the day being a match between senior women’s teams. A pink ribbon Broadview Football Club jumper was developed and worn by the team for the game.

The event was well attended, raising considerable funds for the benefit of the supported causes and, importantly, made a strong statement about the values held by Broadview Football Club.

Shane Hodby, President of the Broadview Football Club was invited to the stage to accept the award for the Broadview Football Club.

City of Prospect Citizen of the Year Honour Board

2020

Citizen of the Year - Robert Roocke
Young Citizen of the Year - Max Weir and Charlotte Crosby
Community Event of the Year - Broadview Football Club

2019

Citizen of the Year - David Kilner
Young Citizen of the Year - Darcy Maney
Community Event of the Year - Fourth Annual Great Ukulele Picnic

2018

Citizen of the Year. - Dr Robert Irving
Young Citizen of the Year - Claire Sander
Community Event of the Year - Clifton Street Party

2017

Citizen of the Year - Kay Seear
Young Citizen of the Year - Megan Davies
Community Event of the Year - Federation of Indian Communities SA

2016

Citizen of the Year - Pat Brierly
Young Citizen of the Year - Sophie Harris
Community Event of the Year - Prospect District Cricket Club

2015

Citizen of the Year - Audrey Hale
Young Citizen of the Year - Justin Bussell
Community Event of the Year - Rotary Club of Prospect Pit Stop Event

2014

Citizen of the Year - Dilip Chirmuley
Young Citizen of the Year - Eleni Glouftsis
Community Event of the Year - Prospect Group – Amnesty International

2013

Citizen of the Year - Frank Scicluna
Young Citizen of the Year - Christopher Campbell
Community Event of the Year - no award

2012

Citizen of the Year - Lindy Neilson
Young Citizen of the Year - James Peter Owen Hunt
Community Event of the Year - no award

2011

Citizen of the Year - Peter Loan
Young Citizen of the Year - Michelle Keech
Community Event of the Year - Prospect-Blair Athol Lions Club

2010

Citizen of the Year - Susan Wells
Young Citizen of the Year - Madeleine Piochaud
Community Event of the Year - Nailsworth Church of Christ

2009

Citizen of the Year - Keith Seeary
Young Citizen of the Year - Teresa Deng
Community Event of the Year - Friends of the Prospect Library - Annual Book Sale

2008

Citizen of the Year - Bette Crouch
Young Citizen of the Year - Inno Bigga
Community Event of the Year - ICC Reconciliation Cricket Tournament

2007

Citizen of the Year - Jon Harmer
Young Citizen of the Year - Olivia Catalano
Community Event of the Year - no award

2006

Citizen of the Year - Anne Haskard
Young Citizen of the Year - Mathew Hutchinson
Community Event of the Year - no award

2005

Citizen of the Year - Junice Cooper
Young Citizen of the Year - Osama Malik
Community Event of the Year - Nailsworth Church of Christ

2004

Citizen of the Year - Ray Haynes
Young Citizen of the Year - Kate Mitchell
Community Event of the Year - Aust Plangon Antique & Modern Doll Collectors Club Inc

2003

Citizen of the Year - Heather Tralaggan
Young Citizen of the Year - Sam Harris
Community Event of the Year - Nailsworth Primary School

2002

Citizen of the Year - Valerie Collins
Young Citizen of the Year - no award
Community Event of the Year - no award

2001

Citizen of the Year - Michael Kain
Young Citizen of the Year  - no award
Community Event of the Year - no award

2000

Citizen of the Year - Lesley Clark
Young Citizen of the Year - Michael Woods
Community Event of the Year - Blair Athol Lions Club

1999

Citizen of the Year - Henrietta Zoontjens
Young Citizen of the Year - Laura Christy
Community Event of the Year - no award

1998

Citizen of the Year - Betty Tothill