Newdegate Awards

Newdegate Senior Citizens of the Year

Eileen and Barry Ness nominated by Bill Lloyd

Eileen, in partnership with husband Barry, have run the North East Bushfire Radio Base Station for the last 45 years (7 years in the old house and 38 in the new). They did the daily roll calls during the summer seasons for many years and will still do it when required.

They also attended and fought the all the fires that started in the area. They now stay close to their two-way radio in the house to keep the communication channels open between the fire coordinators.

Eileen was born and schooled in Newdegate and she and Barry have been married since April 1959.

They have always been actively involved in the community in many ways from way back in their younger days. In more recent times they were active and productive members, Eileen in the Catering and Barry 9 years as Treasurer, on the Newdegate Machinery Field Days Committee.

Eileen and Barry regularly attend the Newdegate Community Development Association meetings to keep involved in the happenings in and around their community. Eileen and Barry continue to work together as a very well-oiled machine and really enjoy participating and assisting in community events.


Newdegate Active Citizenship Award for a Community Group or Event

Newdegate Active Precinct Committee nominated by Rochell Walker

Newdegate Active Precinct group - Sarah Lloyd, Helen Steicke and Emily Gilmour have created, sourced funding and delivered a high quality, fabulous looking and functioning nature play and skate park to our town.

The combined talents of the wonderful trio of Sarah, Helen and Emily to form the Newdegate Active Precinct Committee have taken what was a vacant corner block and turned it into one of the greatest nature play – skate park – community garden combinations that can be seen in Western Australia.

The committee took this project from an initial idea, through to planning, funding and creation. Their hard work, determination and perseverance saw a project that commenced groundworks in March 2018 be delivered to our community by June 2018 with the grand opening held on the 1st of July 2018.

Not content to just deliver a world class precinct, the committee also organised skate lessons to be held on the opening and lunch for the community delivered at no cost to participants because they had continued their efforts to fundraise to ensure the experience could be enjoyed by all.

The delivery of the new active precinct to our community has improved not only the aesthetics of our town, but provided a hub for locals as well as visitors to meet and engage in an active lifestyle. Their ability to create a venue that has brought our community together across the ages has provided us with a valuable asset that will be treasured for many years to come.