Citizen of the Year

The Bayside Citizen of the Year Award honours those who have made an extraordinary contribution to our community.

The Award recognises the exceptional contributions made by an individual to the local community in the areas of community services, charitable work, education/school development, environment, arts and culture, sport, or humanitarian initiatives that enhance the quality of life for residents. 

This is your opportunity to nominate someone in Bayside Council Local Government Area that you believe deserves special recognition.

Nominations for 2019 are now closed and award winners will be announced at our 2019 Australia Day event.

Award Categories for 2019

  • Citizen of the Year
  • Young Citizen of the Year (25 years or under)
  • Sportsperson of the Year

2018 Winners

Mona Luxton: Bayside Council Citizen of the Year

Mona founded the Bay City Care Women’s Domestic Violence service in 2010.  The service offers crisis counselling and case management support for women and children experiencing domestic violence. Since 2013 Mona and her team have continued to offer this service and additional domestic violence programs for victims and early intervention programs in local high schools. Mona’s commitment to social justice and restoring broken homes and families has never wavered.

Council congratulates Mona on her achievement and commitment to our community.

Mark Fokas: Bayside Council Sportsperson of the Year

At the age of 16 Mark is undoubtedly one of New South Wales’ leading junior athletes. Mark has represented his school, Kingsgrove High with pride and is an active member of Randwick Botany Little Athletics based at Hensley Athletics Field, Pagewood. Mark has won numerous awards, school and zone records, and he is a 45-time State medallist.

Council congratulates Mark and wishes him every success in his future sporting endeavours.

Juliette Jones: Certificate of Recognition

Mayor Bill Saravinovski also presented a Certificate of Recognition to 14 year old Juliette Jones for her fundraising initiative and inspiration as Co-Founder of CSJ leMoNaiD to raise funds for research into a cure for Motor Neurone Disease.

Bayside Council Citizen of the Year 2018 Winners
Pictured L:R. Mayor Bill Saravinovski, Mona Luxton, Mark Fokas, Juliette Jones and 2018 Australia Day Ambassador Clary Castrission


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