2023 Local Citizen of the Year – Nominations Are Now Closed!

Each year, Strathfield Council announce a Citizen and Young Citizen of the Year for local citizens/groups who have made outstanding contributions to the community.

All nominees must be Australian citizens and residents of the Strathfield Council area at the time of nomination.

Nominees are judged on a number of criteria, including whether contribution was outstanding, voluntary, beneficial to the community and environment and/or of significant personal effort. A number of other criteria will also apply.

Young Citizen of the Year is open to nominees aged 16 to 25 on January 26 of the year they are being nominated for. All other nominees, including those nominated for Young Citizen will then be considered for the Citizen of the Year Award.

The awards are presented each year at Council’s Australia Day celebrations.

For more information about Local Citizens of the Year, visit the Australia Day Council of NSW.

Nominations for 2023 Local and Young Citizen of the Year awards close on 5pm Friday 13 January 2023.


2022 Local Citizens of the Year

Citizen of the Year – Saroni Roy

Saroni has been a local resident of Strathfield and a passionate advocate of community-based projects.  She has been involved in so many various voluntarily roles from diversity and inclusion, positive peace, cultural change, gender equality, emotional intelligence, mental health, sustainability, social justice, environmental well-being and many more.  She’s an active member and currently volunteers with Strathfield Sports Club and Rotary Club of Strathfield.

Young Citizen of the Year – Bella Merlino

Bella is currently a student at Santa Sabina College. She has excelled in her roles as a student and her efforts and contributions for the local community and the greater community. She currently and actively supports and is a member for the Rotaract Strathfield, Young Leaders Strathfield and Australian Cinematographers Society (ACS). Bella also actively volunteers with Dementia Australia. Bella is an exceptional young lady who has contributed significantly to the municipality of Strathfield and beyond.

Honour Roll

YearLocal Citizen of the YearLocal Young Citizen of the YearLocal Environmental Citizen of the Year
2022Saroni RoyBella Merlino
2020Sandy ReddyRishabh Somani
2019Anthony D'AgrumaSunil JassalKeith Hughes (inaugural)
2018Helen BoyceLeon Rettie
2017Karen Pensabene & Nella HallYunus Isik
2016Ivana MorrisJafer Naim
2015Jane PistoleseSahil Bhandula
2014Dr. David TangMay Wong
2013Shirley GillettJaycee Bechara
2012Mohit TolaniMatthew Nicholl
2011Niall King OAMPrashanth Sellathurai
2010Ray WilsonTyson Parcell