Citizens of the Year

Our annual Citizen of the Year awards offer the perfect opportunity for us to salute and reward those residents who work hard supporting our local community while achieving success in their chosen fields. 

To submit nominations for  this year, download the 2018 Citizen of the Year nomination form.

Our 2017 Citizen of the Year awards were awarded on Australia Day 2018, across four categories: Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year, Sports Citizen of the Year and Arts & Culture Citizen of the Year.

Our 2017 Citizen of the Year award recipients were:

Citizen of the Year – Alice Kang

Alice is the Director of Marketing and Community Relations at Concord Hospital, having started work at the hospital as a nurse over 40 years ago. Alice has been the driving force behind the hospital's events and fundraisers including Opera at Rivendell and the recent Rivendell Flower Show.  She also serves as Executive Officer to the Kokoda Track Memorial Walkway, organising numerous yearly commemorative services and remains a tireless advocate for our veterans.

Young Citizen of the Year – James King

Rosebank College's School Captain for 2018, James exemplifies the virtues of good citizenship.  He has served on the College's Student Representative Council and is a selfless role model for not only younger students, but also his peers. James successfully lobbied the NSW State Government for the rights of those under 18 to report issues pertaining to environment to the EPA and is heavily involved in our community.

Arts & Culture Citizen of the Year – Concord Garden Club

As one of the oldest garden clubs in Australia, the Concord Garden Club has been working in our community for over six decades, meeting monthly to share cuttings, knowledge, expertise and to prepare for the Club's annual show, the 'Autumn Flower, Vegetable and Floral Art Show'. This important community Club has fostered enduring friendships and provides an important link to our community's history and heritage.

Sports Citizen of the Year – Abbotsford Juniors Football Club U18s

The Abbotsford Juniors U18s completed an historic season in 2017, first winning the Canterbury District Division 1 Championship and then going on to be crowned NSW's number one team after winning the Football NSW Champion of Champions Tournament for the first time in the Club's 52 year history. 

Citizen of the Year honour board



Young Citizen


Arts & Culture


Lance Brooks

Sarah Hanania

Mark Byrnes

Keith Cowen


Dr Bruce Menzies


Ante Milicic

Frank Marjason


Jack Nolan OAM


Michael McCann

Lois Michael


Betty Robertson OAM


John Hahn

Dr Eric Gross AM


Ron Yeo OAM

Eric Knight

Declan Stacey

Ern McQuillan


Justine Perkins

Kaiya Robertson and Joshua Heard

Craig Parry



Alan Wright OAM

Patrick Massarani

Bradley Zalloua

Ashley Wing


Warwick Williams

Vishaal Sharma

Carla Blancato

Terry Robinson


Joe Di Giacomo

Chantelle Hayek

Alyssa Healy

Clare Hooper


Mervyn Spencer

Bronwyn Poole

Olivia Price

Lydia Burjan


Terry 'Tiger' Jones

Daniel Castagnoli 

Gerard Price 

Rusty Priest AM


Professor Robert Lusby 

Rosie O'Halloran 

Drummoyne U14 Girls Water Polo Team 

Kathryn Zerk 


Marie Piccin

Melissa McKeon

John Coates AC

Yuehan Zhang


Michael Hahn

Aly (Carmelein) Fernandez

Maximilian Brenner

Chris Castledine


Jeanette O'Hara

Rose Cox

Tyler Martin

Brian Simmons


Alice Kang

James King

Abbotsford Juniors Football Club U18s

Concord Garden Club