Moreland Awards 2017

The Moreland Awards honour both individuals and groups who have worked towards enriching community life in Moreland.

Awards ceremony

Winners of the awards were announced at a ceremony on Tuesday 3 October 2017.


Mayor’s Police Leadership Award

Winner: Senior Sergeant Troy Papworth - Troy has worked extremely hard to build relationships amongst various communities, greatly understanding and addressing everyone’s needs.

High Commendation: Senior Constable Nicole Porter - Nicole's been a high achiever earning recognition amongst her supervisors and peers.

Collaborative Partnerships Award, Awarded for Environmental Excellence

Winner: I'm Still Learning - An amazing hands on course for people who have lost a partner and want to learn basic home maintenance, while providing social connection and support for people at a vulnerable time

Contribution to Arts and Culture Award

Winners: Lesley Francis and Patrick Francis - Patrick is a special-needs artist and one of the top ten emerging artists in the country. His sister Lesley is a constant companion, carer, friend, mentor, curator, illustrator,  author and disability advocate

Contribution to Sport Award

Winner: Graeme Kennedy -Graeme embodies the spirit of grassroots sports in his volunteer role as Junior coordinator at the Brunswick Hockey Club. His success has seen the number of recruits, both male and female increase by over 180.

Youth Contribution Award

Winners: Dot Norbury and Flowers O'Rourke - Our youngest winners this year, who made $4,382.85 – selling lemonade to raise money for refugees. Giving life to the saying ‘When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.’

Community Event of the Year Award

Winner: The Rainbow Procession - A large scale public art event, 500 Moreland community members united in support marking the International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia

High Commendation: Active Week 2017 -  An innovative approach to encourage all Moreland community members to be more active, more often and to connect with local community groups and other community members. 

Environmental Sustainability Achievement Award

Winner: Tamar Hopkins - Tamar is the force behind the visionary Upfield Urban Forest, inspiring many residents living along the Upfield shared path to pick up a spade and plant a tree.

High Commendation: Vince Corbett - Vince Corbett is a volunteer at Mulberry Community garden, his role within the organisation has helped establish and maintain sustainable irrigation and water-wise collection systems.

Lisa Bellear Award for Contribution to Reconciliation Activities

Winner: Dr Sue Lopez Atkinson - A proud Yorta Yorta woman, Sue is a powerhouse of energy, wisdom and intellect. She is a fierce, untiring worker for justice relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights.

Winner: Coburg Primary School - On Thursday 25 May this year in the lead-up to National Reconciliation Week, Coburg Primary School participated in a local ‘Little Long Walk’ event with The Long Walk Foundation. 

Volunteer of the Year Awards

Winner: Mark Sanders - Mark helped establish the Moreland Food Gardens Network to support community collaboration, helping people to grow food together and donating his time to a number of different projects and people.

Moreland Awards 2017 gallery