Community Awards

The Darebin Community Awards recognise individuals and groups who have made an outstanding contribution to the Darebin community.

Some of Darebin’s most outstanding citizens have been recognised in the 2019 Darebin Community Awards for their tremendous, selfless work in making society a better place.

The special awards ceremony was held at Preston City Hall on Friday, 23 August 2019.

Council received more than 50 nominations for this year's awards. Nominations reflected the rich diversity of the local community.

The winners of the 2019 Darebin Community Awards:

  • Citizen of the Year - Miranda Sharp 
    Miranda Sharp, the winner of the Citizen of the Year Award, was recognised for her work in establishing the Melbourne Food Hub, an innovative, community based local food hub. She is thankful to the community and Council for acknowledging that a local food system is important to them. Like all good community initiatives, it takes a village and she is part of a wonderful team. Miranda is also grateful to the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation for their support which has helped to create a space where the neighbourhood can gather and share, cook, source and grow fresh food together. 
  • Young Citizen of the Year – Emily Hughes
    Emily Hughes is a founding member of the Darebin Young Citizens Jury. She led the Jury’s 2019/20 budget submission process which included speaking at the public submissions hearing, while also playing a critical role in the Jury’s submission to the Mental Health Royal Commission, as well as supporting the development of the Darebin Youth Services Strategy.
  • Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Community Leader of the Year - Trevor Gallagher
    Trevor Gallagher is a Gunditjmara Elder and has worked as an Aboriginal cultural educator for many years with people from all ages and all cultures. Since 2014, Uncle Trevor has been leading community walks along the Darebin Spiritual Healing Trail. This includes his own contribution to the Trail – a stone sitting circle where people are encouraged to share stories of their own identity.
  • Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Emerging Young Community Leader - Sianna Catullo
    Sianna Catullo is a proud Narungga woman raised on Wurundjeri Country a former volunteer who now works with Spark Health, a social enterprise who specialises in health promotion and Aboriginal community engagement. Sianna took a leading role earlier this year advocating for the issues around Aboriginal Flag copyright and its impact on Clothing The Gap. She has also been selected as one of 12 participants for the Indigenous Marathon Project and is in training to run her first marathon in New York. 
  • Community Group of the Year - Transition Darebin
    Transition Darebin is a community group which fosters a sustainable and resilient community by harnessing the diverse skills of our community to undertake projects around food, sharing and saving resources and re-skilling.
  • Lifetime Achievement Award - Chris Dureau
    Chris Dureau has had over 30 years' experience in the International Aid and Development sector. His career has seen him develop and deliver on-the-ground programs in developing countries all over the world, like Timor Leste. In recent years Chris has led Friends of Baucau, a community-led organisation that utilises an asset-based development approach to assist local communities in the District of Baucau in Timor Leste. 
  • Sustainability Award for Business – Moon Rabbit
    Moon Rabbit is an environmentally innovative social-enterprise cafe at the Bridge Preston. The café has never had disposable takeaway cups as has calculated that they have prevented more than 10,000 takeaway cups from ending up in landfill.
  • Sustainability Award - Lori-Ann Dalton
    Lori-Ann Dalton is the founder of Minimal Waste 3078, a community group which looks for waste solutions and cultural change in collaboration with local businesses. In 2018/19, Lori-Ann has used that group as a vehicle to engage with local traders to empower them to shift the throw away culture by promoting waste free options to customers. She has also written the Yarralea Children's Centre's Environmental Sustainability Policy.


Further Information:
Civic Events and Engagement Officer
Phone: 8470 8551



Nominations for each award are judged by the Darebin Community Awards Committee.

Overall Judging Criteria
Judging is based on the following overall criteria:

  1. Desire for prosperity with a share for all
  2. Contribution to the cultural diversity of the community
  3. Community values and support systems
  4. Equality and equity
  5. Practices ethical behaviour
  6. Concern for sustainability and the environment.

Additional Category Judging Criteria

Citizen of the Year
and Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Community Leader of the Year

  • Demonstrated commitment to the betterment of the community
  • Undertakes activities that have short and long term benefits for others
  • Provides a positive role model for others
  • Takes the lead and shows vision
  • Undertakes activities that promote the welfare and wellbeing of the community
  • Contributions made by nominee have either been done on a voluntary basis or exceed the normal requirements of the person’s paid work.

Young Citizen of the Year
and Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Emerging Young Leader of the Year

  • Participates in the community
  • Active in youth issues
  • Is caring, compassionate and sharing
  • Shows vision
  • Takes the lead
  • Positive role model to peers
  • Accepts responsibility for self and others
  • Shows outstanding achievement in either academic, sporting, cultural, environment or civic life.

Community Group of the Year

  • Role and achievement of the group
  • Service to the community
  • Significant volunteer involvement
  • Target community of the group nominated
  • Benefits to target community and how they are measured and evaluated
  • How does the group’s role and achievements reflect the values of Darebin Community Awards as set out above?

Further Information:
Civic Events and Engagement Officer
Phone: 8470 8551