City of Karratha

Australia Day highlights city’s finest

26 Jan 2018

Australia Day festivities began with a celebration of community champions in the City of Karratha at the annual Australia Day Awards breakfast.

Twenty nominations were received across six awards categories with winners announced at the celebration event, hosted by the City of Karratha and supported by Rio Tinto, Horizon Power, Woodside and the North West Shelf Project joint venture participants.

Tammy Tennant was named the 2018 Citizen of the Year for outstanding community involvement through her impressive volunteer commitments, in support of local schools and sports groups.

City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said the Awards provided opportunity to thank those members of our community who are seen as leaders among their peers and congratulated all nominees.

“These grass-roots heroes are the fabric of our community and I am very proud to be able to recognise each of them at our City of Karratha Australia Day Awards,” Cr Long said.

“Congratulations to all of our nominees and to our Australia Day Award winners. It is inspiring to see so many wonderful people in our community giving freely of their time and effort to improve the experiences of others,” he said.

“Our program of Australia Day celebrations is a highlight on the local events calendar and in addition to this morning’s awards breakfast, today we also welcome nearly 40 new citizens into our community in a special Australia Day ceremony. This evening, we wrap up the day with a free, family evening of true blue Aussie fun on the Karratha Leisureplex oval and all are welcome to attend.”


Rio Tinto General Manager Rail Maintenance, Matt Baartz:

“On behalf of Rio Tinto I would like to thank and congratulate all the winners and nominees for this year’s City of Karratha Australia Day Awards, along with their nominators. Volunteers are the glue that holds our Pilbara towns together and makes our communities great places to live and work.  It’s wonderful to have a platform such as these Awards to recognise and celebrate their contributions.”


Horizon Power Manager Pilbara Retail and Generation, Evette Smeathers:

“Congratulations to the winners of this year’s City of Karratha Australia Day Awards and well done to all of the nominees.  With these amazing people constantly working to better our community, it’s no wonder this is such a great place to live.  The 2018 Citizen of the Year, Tammy Tennant, is a very deserving winner of this prestigious award and since moving to Karratha has contributed her time to a wide variety of activities within the community.  Thank you Tammy for your commitment to the City of Karratha community over the years and congratulations again.“


Woodside’s Asset Manager at the Karratha Gas Plant, Andrew Lobb:

“Woodside and its fellow joint venture participants in the North West Shelf Project have proudly supported the City of Karratha’s annual Australia Day Awards since 2012. The Australia Day awards recognise what’s great about our community and recipients embody the spirit which makes Karratha a wonderful place to live and work.”


The 2018 Australia Day Award winners are:

Citizen of the Year – Tammy Tennant
Presented by Horizon Power

For nearly a quarter of a century, Tammy has been an integral part of many local community groups, working tirelessly to ensure they operate efficiently and effectively.  She has been closely involved with the Baynton West Primary School P&C, the Karratha BMX Club, the Karratha-Dampier Tee-Ball Association, the West Pilbara Softball Organisation plus cricket, football, social club and other P&C organisations.  Tammy has spent long hours, month after month, year after year to support these clubs and is awarded the 2018 Citizen of the Year for her incredible commitment to our community.

Young Citizen of the Year – Navyaa Shukla
Presented by Woodside

Navyaa is a role model for her peers, contributing to local community through volunteer work with a range of organisations alongside academic achievements. She is also a strong advocate for young women and the recipient of the Leeuwin scholarship in 2017.

Community Service – Graeme Wilkes
Presented by Rio Tinto

Graeme has been awarded the Community Service Award for his selfless support of many community groups and events, in particular his commitment to the Karratha Bowls Club.  A self-employed small businessman, Graeme contributes to many charities including our Seniors, Police Legacy, the Jockey Club and many others.  With his wife, Mel, Graeme’s tireless work has ensured the continuation and success of the Bowls Club, while his etiquette, sportsmanship, honesty and integrity is an inspiration for others.

Environmental Award – Dan Pedersen
Presented by the Woodside-operated North West Shelf Project

Dan is passionate about the environment, consistently giving his time and sharing his expertise over many environmental projects and causes throughout the City of Karratha, including ‘Communities Against Rubbish and Environment’ (of which he founded and chaired) and the Bucks for Bags program.

Community Spirit – Gary and Glen Slee
Presented by Rio Tinto

Both Gary and Glen have been integral to the growth of our community over the last 35 years and their work to grow and support local groups such as the Karratha Community Garden and Karratha Rotary Club will leave a lasting impression for many years to come.

Event/Activity of the Year – Karratha Volunteer Fire & Rescue Service Santa Lolly Run
Presented by Rio Tinto

The annual Karratha Volunteer Fire & Rescue Service Santa Lolly Run is a highlight on the Christmas calendar and it takes an enormous amount of effort to carry out each year. More than 400 volunteer hours going into the preparation and execution of the event. All of this is done in addition to the work the brigade must do to train and respond to emergency call outs.