On the 26 January each year, the City of Palmerston celebrates Australia Day at its Official Ceremony, which includes the official raising of the National Flag of Australia, welcoming the country’s newest residents with a special citizenship ceremony and presenting the City's coveted Australia Day Awards.
2020 Palmerston Award Winners
Citizen of the Year: Alwyn Davey
Building on his former professional sports background, Alwyn is a passionate and positive role model and leader in the community. His support of Indigenous youth is wide-ranging; mentoring troubled young men through their schooling with Clontarf, involvement in leadership camps and employment expos and providing assistance to undergo important health checks.He supports numerous community events and campaigns, as well as his ongoing commitment to the Palmerston Magpies Football Club; assisting with junior training, coaching, setting up for game days and coordinating working bees and fundraisers for the club in his own time.
Young Citizen of the Year: Luke Secrett
Luke started volunteering for his local basketball club at 11 years old and has continued to be an active community volunteer, role model and mentor for other young people in Palmerston. In 2019, in addition to finishing his year 12 schooling, he completed his Duke of Edinburgh Gold Medal Award. He also devoted Saturday mornings to basketball training with the youth of Palmerston, assisting with the coaching and development of players and teams to further develop their skills. He has coordinated and contributed to numerous community fundraisers and activities to help those in need, both locally and abroad.
Community Event of the Year: PaRBA Suburb of Origin
The PaRBA Suburb of Origin 3 on 3 basketball sries successfully delivered youth participation and community engagement opportunities to Palmerston’s young people. The ‘Grand Final’ event, held as a part of the Palmerston Youth Festival, saw more than 150 young people attend. Featuring a street art session, DJ and healthy food options, the event was fun, exciting and developed community spirit. Participating players registered teams to compete from the suburb they live in, promoting a sense of pride and passion for ‘their place’.
Photos L to R: Alwyn Davey, Luke Secrett and PaRBA Suburb of Origin, accompanied with City of Palmerston Mayor Athina Pascoe-Bell and Chair of Australia Day Council NT, Ms Jeannette Button.