Kingborough Awards


Kingborough Council will present the Kingborough Awards on or the first Saturday after 6 January each year to outstanding members of the community and an outstanding community group. This date was selected in celebration of the anniversary of the first Kingborough Council meeting, which was held on 6 January 1908. The next ceremony will be held on Saturday 6 January 2018. 

There are three categories for nominations:

  • Citizen of the Year
  • Young Citizen of the Year (for people under the age of 27 on 6 January 2018)
  • Community Group of the Year

If you think someone deserves recognition for their hard work in the community or there is a group that benefits Kingborough community, please consider nominating them for an award. The guidelines and nomination form for the 2018 awards will be updated and available soon.

For more information contact Council's Community Development Officer on 6211 8170 or email


2017 Awards Recipients
Citizen of the Year, Peter Martin

Peter has dedicated his life to serving Australia and has had a long and distinguished career within the Australian Defence Force. Having served with distinction, Peter left the Force in the late 1980’s and then turned to helping other veterans, widows and their families through the RSL and Legacy.

Peter was the President of the Kingston RSL Sub Branch when it closed and then became an integral part of the team to get the Kingston Beach RSL up and running, which also included a Veterans’ Information Centre. He then worked tirelessly within the Centre as a Welfare officer, assisting veterans, war widows and their families with their welfare concerns. Peter continues to visit the growing numbers of Kingborough Legacy veterans and widows and is there for them whenever they are in need, ensuring those who served or family members left behind are not forgotten.
Peter is an inspiration, and continues to inspire others to support our residents in need. Council was delighted and honoured to present our Citizen of the Year Award to him. 
Young Citizen of the Year, joint winner, Bridget Fasnacht

Bridget has been recognised for her dedication and leadership in raising awareness of water safety and her commitment to surf life-saving in Kingborough.

She has gained an impressive list of qualifications throughout the State and her leadership was recognised by the Kingston Surf club with her appointment as co-Patrol Captain. In 2015, Bridget volunteered to be the Training officer, running many course such as Surf Rescue Certificates, First Aid and Emergency Life Support. Bridget coordinates, teaches, and asseses these courses on a voluntary basis to members of the Kingborough community. She has also been involved in running an education program on water safety in partnership with Surf Life Saving Tasmania, visiting schools in the local area to teach young people about water safety.

Bridget's volunteering has already reached impressive heights and Council is delighted to recognise her outstanding contribution to the Kingborough community.

Young Citizen of the Year, joint winner, Isaac Smith

Isaac is recognised for his commitment, leadership and mentorship within the Kingston Beach Sailing Club and North West Bay Scouts Club.

His leadership skills have seen him become the Kingborough Rover Crew Leader and Scout Leader. He has led the scouts to numerous successful Southern and State-wide scouting competitions. He runs weekend and weeknight training sessions to develop sailing and sailing skills. Isaac is also now the Bosun of the Kingston Beach Sailing Club, which is a very responsible position within the club, whereby he ensures the rescue boats are properly prepared and maintained.  

The nomination acknowledged the truly remarkable effort and dedication by Isaac to supporting these organisations and mentoring young people in Kingborough to make sure they are provided with a rich and rewarding experience.

Community Group of the Year, Sustainable Living in Kingborough

Sustainable Living in Kingborough, or SLiK for short, was established in July 2010 to foster community participation, raise awareness in sustainable living and carry out projects that meet the needs of residents living in the Kingborough community.

The group has made significant contributions on energy consumption and efficiencies; organised workshops and sessions on a variety of topics including alternative solutions to growing and fermenting food; and raising awareness on waste reduction in marine and coastal environments. Their work in marine debris projects has greatly assisted other partnership projects such as the Huon and D'Entrecasteaux Collaboration. The group created and organised the first Love Living Locally event in 2011, which was to raise awareness about SLiK and to bring members of the community together to celebrate sustainable living and living locally. It was a huge success and the event has grown. It is now run by a partnership between the group, Kingborough Council, the Lions Club of Kingborough and the Country Women's Association.

SLiKs ability to foster partnerships and create expanding networks has contributed to their outstanding achievements. They continue to explore new community needs in the sustainability field, while stimulating engagement, participation and awareness of the wider Kingborough community.

Certificate of Appreciation, Dennis Richardson

Dennis was awarded the Certificate of Appreciation for his outstanding dedication and compassion as a volunteer at Manor Gardens.

He is equally respected, admired and loved by staff and members of the club for his generosity, assistance and caring nature. Compassion and excellent listening skills have enabled Dennis to make a significant impact on the wellbeing of our members, bringing a spark of joy into their lives with his enthusiasm, positivity and musicality.


The messages of support and thanks we receive for Dennis show the significant impact he has and how much he is valued and appreciated.

Certificate of Appreciation, Peter Shelley

Council is pleased to recognise Peter's ongoing contribution tot he instigation, construction and ongoing success of the Channel Men's Shed.

Peter moved to Margate when he retired and saw the need for a meeting place for men. He researched what was needed and then evaluated how to achieve the creation of a Men's Shed. From here he led a group of dedicated committee members to secure land, funding and equipment and within two years created one of the most successful men's sheds in Australia.

Peter's ability to create strong networks and partnerships and his leadership in promoting activities to support men's health has allowed the Channel Men's Shed to prosper and succeed.

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