Community Citizens of the Year celebrated in 2023

  • 30 January 2023

On Australia Day 2023, 240 Community Citizen of the Year Awards were presented to individuals and groups that make a positive difference across WA.

Recipients were selected from more than 800 nominations made by people within the communities who had seen their impact firsthand and been inspired by them. The areas that recipients contribute to include health, homelessness, the arts, youth advocacy, waste and migrant support.

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Those who have been recognised in the Australian of the Year Awards were also being honoured by their local council, including Scott Guerini, who was a 2023 Young WA finalist and has been recognised as the City of Stirling’s Young Citizen of the Year; and Jim Morrison, who was a finalist in the 2023 WA Senior category and received the Senior Community Citizen of the Year Award from the City of Perth. The City also awarded the Active Group Award to Short Back & Sidewalks, which was founded by 2022 WA Local Hero, Craig Hollywood, to give free haircuts to the homeless.

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Those who follow the Australian of the Year Awards should also be familiar with Town Team Movement and No Limits Perth – founded by two 2023 WA Australian of the Year Alumni respectively, Jimmy Murphy and Janine Wood – which were both acknowledged in the Community Citizen of the Year Awards through Town Team Narembeen and No Limits Perth co-founder, Debbie Jordaan, who was acknowledged by the Shire of Gingin.

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The Community Citizen of the Year Awards celebrates everyday people who actively contribute to their community and inspires others to do the same.

Thank you to the support of Principal Partner, Department of Communities, and Media Partners Channel 9 Perth, 6PR 882 and WA Today.

See the recipient photos here (more to be added).

Nominate for the 2024 Community Citizen of the Year Awards at

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