Western Australian Citizen of the Year Award

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The Western Australia Citizen of the Year Award is annually awarded to eight individuals and one service organisation that has made an outstanding and enduring contribution to the advancement of the state and people of Western Australia through their chosen field of endeavour. The awards have been given every year since 1973 [1] Worthy individuals and organisations may be nominated by fellow West Australians and cannot nominate themselves.

The nine categories that make up this annual award are: Arts,Culture and Entertainment, Community Service, The Gold Swan Award, The Governors Award for Regional Development, Industry and Commerce, The Professions, Sport, Youth Arts award and Youth. Also at other times, the Epic Achievement Award, Spirit of WA, Lifetime achievement award, Special Year 2000 award, and the Sir Charles Court inspiring leadership awards have been awarded as well [2]

Award recipients may choose to use the post-nominal CitWa after their name.

Past recipients include: Author Tim Winton, St John Ambulance, Sir Charles Court, burns specialist Dr. Fiona Wood, The Health Department of W.A, ericaamerica designer Lucas Bowers, sporting legend Wally Foreman and classical guitarist Mili Davies.


  1. ^ 'The awards were first presented on Foundation Day, 1 June 1973' - Appendix 4 (pp 976-981 compiled by Anna Kesson - in the Historical Encyclopedia of Western Australia.
  2. ^ from Kesson, Anna , pp. 980-981

Further reading[edit]

  • Wainwright, Janet.(1984) Citizen of the Year - is the concept working? The West Australian, 23 June 1984, p. 17,