Frankston City Australia Day Citizen of the Year Awards 2020

On Australia Day (26 January) we come together to celebrate what’s great about our nation and being Australian.

The Frankston City Australia Day Citizen of the Year Awards 2020 celebrate the achievements and contributions made by members of our community.

2020 Award Nominations Categories

  1. Citizen of the Year
  2. Young Citizen of the Year
  3. Senior Citizen of the Year
  4. Community Event of the Year

To nominate an outstanding member of our community, or community event, complete a nomination form today:


Nomination forms are also available from Council Customer Service Centres.

Please mail all nominations to: 

  • Councillors Office
    Frankston City Council
    PO Box 490
    Frankston VIC 3199

or email:

Nominations close at 5pm on Friday 25 October.

2019 Awards

Frankston City’s outstanding citizens for 2019 were honoured on Australia Day for their selfless commitment to others, inspiring community spirit and dedication to volunteering. We were proud to award the following awards to our very deserving recipients: 2019 Citizen of the Year, Lauren Hornby, Senior Citizen of the Year, Dr John Dickman and Young Citizen of the Year, Alicia Goldsworthy.

2019 Frankston City Citizen of the Year

Ms Lauren Hornby


Contact: 0429 200 125 or

Lauren Hornby is an extraordinary contributor to our local community who has devoted 10 years of her life to helping those most in need.

Lauren has lead the Street Outreach with charitable organisation, Life-Gate since 2008.

She started with Life-Gate as a student placement and soon saw the extreme needs in Frankston and the surrounding area, deciding to join the Life-Gate team as a full time volunteer.

Lauren had the vision of making the food distribution at Life-Gate more effective and started to fundraise to have a fully-equipped food trailer to continue offering food to the needy and homeless more effectively.

The food trailer was funded and completed by April of last year and has been in operation ever since.

Lauren also leads the Colour of Hope program, teaching art to students at McClelland Secondary College who are no longer in the school system or have been expelled. Some of these students are autistic and others have deep problems, addictions and family conflicts.

It’s a great challenge to minister the homeless, the addicted, the violent and the disadvantaged. Lauren shows great compassion for the needy and has demonstrated resilience and great character, through her work.

It’s wonderful to see Lauren’s tireless dedication, compassion and hard work honoured as part of this year’s Australia Day Awards.

2019 Frankston Senior Citizen of the Year

Dr John Dickman, aged 76


Contact: 0418 363 125 or

Dr John Dickman has given continued service to both veterans and the local community as an outstanding medical practitioner with a great deal of compassion for his patients for the past 45 years.

Along with his service as a local doctor, he has also been involved with many local organisations such as Menzies Home for Children, the Peninsula Grammar School Board, the construction of the Towerhill Squash Courts for community fitness, and he has worked to improve the welfare of veterans in Frankston and Seaford.

John’s Services career as a Surgeon Lieutenant saw him serve between 1964-71 in the areas of conflict in Vietnam on board HMAS Darwin, Yarra and Perth, which includes time in India and the Philippines.

John has been recognised by the Seaford Rotary Club as a non-member for service to the Seaford Community.

The memorial garden at the Frankston RSL is also named in honour of this exceptional man and his father, a former Frankston RSL President, for services to the veteran community.

We are delighted to present this award to such a dedicated and valued member of our community.

2019 Frankston Young Citizen of the Year

Alicia Goldsworthy, Aged 17


Contact: 0400 790 399 (0417 376 956 – Mum, Donna)

Alicia Goldsworthy has demonstrated outstanding strength of character, a commitment to social justice and an ability to live out and promote moral values.

Not only was Alicia school captain at John Paul College last year, she was also recently featured on the Seven News’ feature Inspiring Melbourne for her Knowledge is Power cyber safety program, for students and parents – a program she has now presented to many other local schools.

The Knowledge is Power program not only looks at what students who are experiencing cyber bullying can do in their situation, but also explores what the bully can do and the power of an apology and forgiveness.

For the parents, Alicia focuses on the behaviours to look out for in children and strategies for parents to keep their children safe.

Last year, Alicia successfully balanced her schooling with her leadership responsibilities and cyber safety sessions.

Alicia has demonstrated outstanding leadership by standing up against poor student choices, bullying and discrimination.

Alicia has been involved in the Youth Mayor’s School Captains Forum and is also a member of Frankston City Council’s Youth Council and intends on running for Youth Mayor herself in the future.

Alicia demonstrates her ongoing commitment to personal purpose of helping and empowering others and is a wonderful example of resilience, strength, courage and personal achievement.

Contact Us

Frankston City Council
30 Davey Street
Frankston 3199
P. 1300 322 322

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