North Sydney is full of amazing people. People who volunteer to protect local wildlife, support social housing tenants and help survivors of violence.

The annual North Sydney Community Awards ceremony, held on April 19th at the Independent Theatre, shone a light on the incredible residents making the area a “kinder, better connected and more sustainable place,” according to Mayor Zoë Baker.

There were five categories: Community Builder, Eco Warrior, Living Legend, Trailblazer and Next Generation.

Mayor Zoë Baker said: “The North Sydney Community Awards acknowledge the many local heroes who help make North Sydney a kinder, better connected and more sustainable place. The contributions of all the nominees for this year’s awards will inspire and delight our community.”

The 2024 North Sydney Community Award Winners… 

Community Builders

The Mary’s House volunteer team and the Greenway Tenants Group were recognised for their dedication to supporting vulnerable community members. The Mary’s House volunteers, 30 strong, provide essential support for women and children escaping violence. The Greenway Tenants Group, with 12 volunteers, offers vital services to over 350 social housing residents.

Eco Warriors

Vera Yee with North Sydney Mayor, Zoe Baker

Michael Stevens, founder of Harbourcare, and Vera Yee, leader of the Streets Alive group in Waverton, were jointly awarded the Eco Warrior Award for their tireless efforts to protect the environment. Michael spearheads cleanups at Waverton Park, while Vera’s group fosters vibrant street gardens and promotes sustainable practices.

Living Legends

Sissi Stewart and the Boorowa Community Landcare Group.

Sissi Stewart and Mark Shalovsky received the Living Legend Award for their two decades of exceptional service. Sissi has championed biodiversity conservation through the Boorowa Community Landcare Group, while retired solicitor Mark has provided invaluable legal assistance to residents facing housing issues or navigating social housing rebate and concession systems – initially with Kirribilli Neighbourhood Centre and, more recently, for Link Wentworth Housing.

Trailblazer and Next Generation

Aden Barclay’s dedication  to caring for and reviving a pocket of the Neutral Bay streetscape, working with Council, cleaners, and the local community earned him the Trailblazer Award.

Wenona student Ishnika Lokuge with North Sydney Mayor, Zoe Baker

The Next Generation Award was shared by three worthy recipients: Redlands Senior students who brighten the lives of Bougainvillea Retirement Village residents; Wenona student Ishnika Lokuge, a passionate contributor to Council’s Bushcare program; and 11-year-old Ted Greenaway, who champions local wildlife through nest box installations and street garden creations.

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