Dedicated locals recognised at Mandurah Volunteer Appreciation Evening

The efforts of Mandurah's most dedicated emergency services volunteers were recognised at an awards ceremony earlier this month.

The special Volunteer Appreciation Evening acknowledged committed community members who dedicate their time to protect and support Mandurah and celebrated the contributions of volunteer emergency response teams.

Every year, almost 300 people generously donate their time to local services, putting in around 360 hours of volunteer work every week.

This year, the fifth annual City of Mandurah event had the theme Dedicating Time, Saving Lives.

This commitment and dedication to the wellbeing and support of our community is truly amazing.

Mandurah mayor Rhys Williams

Mayor Rhys Williams congratulated the award winners for their efforts.

"On behalf of the City of Mandurah, I'd like to thank and congratulate all of our emergency services volunteers for the work you do in helping our community," he said.

"You are such a valued part of the Mandurah lifestyle and we are lucky to have a passionate local community of volunteers in Mandurah.

"This commitment and dedication to the wellbeing and support of our community is truly amazing."

A number of groups and individuals received the top honour - the Community Spirit Award.

Falcon Volunteer Fire Rescue Service, St John Event Health Services and St John Ambulance Dawesville were all recognised with unit awards while the Mandurah Surf Life Saving Club's Starfish Nippers Program also received an award.

Individual recipients of the Community Spirit Award:

  • Mark Gumley - Mandurah Southern Districts Bush Fire Brigade.
  • Ruth Haslam - Mandurah State Emergency Service.
  • Mal Saunders - life member of the Mandurah Volunteer Fire Rescue Service.
  • Madison Large - volunteer surf life saver at the Port Bouvard Surf Life Saving Club.
  • Barb Walton - secretary at the Mandurah Volunteer Marine Rescue.