City of Karratha

Walkington Award winner announced

21 Nov 2017

Karratha High School student Liam Payne has received the highly prestigious Walkington Award for his academic success and generous community service.

Facilitated by the City of Karratha to encourage students to continue tertiary education pursuits the award commemorates the service of North Regional TAFE (previously known as Karratha College and Pilbara Institute) founding director Dr Al Walkington.

For his achievements, Liam will receive $5000 from the City of Karratha to be used for tuition fees and to support his studies.

City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said the Walkington Award had a proud history of supporting local students and looked forward to seeing the education sector in the City continue to grow.

“We have been running the Walkington Award for 34 years now, supporting students in our community to further their studies and pursue their desired career,” Cr Long said.

“A total of 20 nominations were received this year and I am always proud to see the hard work our young people put into their education and the ways in which they give back to the community,” he said.

“It is a really exciting time for the education sector in the City of Karratha with the Pilbara Universities Centre moving forward. As resources such as this grow it will be wonderful to see higher education programs delivered in the area.”

Cr Long also congratulated this year’s Walkington Award winner and fellow applicants.

“Our 2017 winner, Liam Payne, is a most worthy Award recipient, achieving ATAR Dux of Karratha Senior High School this year and volunteering generously for a number of community and charitable organisations.”

“I wish Liam and all our 2017 Walkington Award applicants all the best in their future endeavours,” Cr Long added.


More information on the Walkington Award and past winners can be found here.