Community Achievement Awards

Council proudly recognises people whose contributions make this region an even better place to live through the Melton City Council Community Achievement Awards.

The Community Achievement Awards (CAA) Program recognises the work of individual volunteers or persons that clearly exceed the normal requirements of their paid work.  The CAA Program inspires individual and community pride, and strengthens community life in Melton.

2023 Community Achievement Awards

Applications close: Wednesday, 31 August 2022.

Download: Community Achievement Awards Guidelines(PDF, 108KB).


The Community Achievement Awards categories are:

  • Citizen of the Year – for recognition of ongoing community leadership and involvement
  • Gender Equity Leader of the Year – for community leadership, promotion of gender equality and commitment to advancing the status of women 
  • Young Citizen of the Year – for community leadership under 25 years old
  • Disability Access and Inclusion Leader of the Year – for commitment to improving the life of people with a disability 
  • Intercultural Engagement Leader of the Year – for leadership that celebrates our diverse community 

2022 Community Achievement Award Winners

Citizen of the Year: Murray Lewis

An active member of the RSL for more than 40 years, Murray was also the co-founder of the Caroline Springs RSL Sub-Branch. His decades of service have helped hundreds of veterans and their families receive both support and recognition for their sacrifice.

He is also a pensions advocate for Veterans at Melton Vietnam Veterans Centre, initiated proceedings for the first memorial at Caroline Springs, is caretaker of the memorial walk in Aintree, and a key support person for the Burnside Village War Widows Group.

Young Citizen of the Year: Grace Jikotani and Ivanka Portelli

Grace Jikotani - Grace is a youth leader for Melton’s Fijian community and encourages young people to share their stories, learn from each other, appreciate their culture, and be good role models. She has led the BULA Meke youth group, an entertainment group that showcases the proud and rich culture through traditional dances.

Ivanka Portelli – During COVID-19 restrictions, Ivanka worked to reduce people’s social isolation and loss of connection, going door to door delivering care packages to families in Caroline Springs. Each package was hand crafted with individualised notes containing kind and encouraging words and self-care advice.

Disability Access and Inclusion Leader of the Year: Michelle Magundayao

Michelle actively works to identify barriers to inclusion for people with a disability and improve their participation in, and connection to, their community. She is involved in the Care Melton Expo, has worked at developing employment, education, and training opportunities, and liaising with key organisations to improve participation and facilities for people with a disability.

Gender Equity Leader of the Year: Margaret Hinks

A dedicated member of the Zonta Club of Melton, Margaret has worked tirelessly to support initiatives to empower women, improve self-esteem, and initiate change. She has coordinated sewing classes at the women’s prison, supported the provision of birthing kits and breast care cushions, and participates in events such as 16 Days of Activism and White Ribbon Day.

Intercultural Leader of the Year: Ornella Niyonzima

Ornella has been instrumental in the creation of Club Iteka, a Burundian dance group that shares Burundian culture with young people and keeps them connected to their roots. Ornella's passion and leadership has inspired many young girls to join the group, as well as bringing the culture to the wider community.



For more information or to discuss the Community Achievement Awards, please contact our Community Grants and Awards Officer on 9747 7247.