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.