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City Garden Competition - Finalist

Council's annual competition is one of the most prestigious in Western Sydney, attracting more than 120 entrants.

"With springtime here, there's no better time for our green thumbs to bring their gardens into bloom and show off their talents in beautifying our city," Mayor Bleasdale said.

Preliminary judging took place in late September 2022, the with final round judging done by industry experts in early October 2022.

Each entry was judged on key elements including design, construction, maintenance and sustainability.

MECA was nominated
and reached the finals

APIA Australia
Get set 60

Apia's Get Set. 60 initiative has been a fantastic journey of challenging societal stereotypes and shedding light on the vibrancy of Australians over the age of 60. It's been a celebration of life, passion, and the enduring spirit of those who continue to lead active, engaged, and inspired lives well into their senior years. In the heart of our local community, we've unearthed remarkable personalities, each over 60, who are shining examples of what it means to live life to the fullest. Among these exceptional individuals, we proudly nominated our esteemed colleague, Yousef, who embodies the very essence of this celebration. We are thrilled to announce that Yousef has emerged as one of the winners in this inspiring journey. His accomplishments and zest for life serve as a testament to the limitless possibilities that age holds, and we couldn't be happier to see him recognised in this manner.

Our dedicated volunteer Samara Abbas was the recipient of this years Coral Mclean Award

Faced with a challenging move from the Middle East to Australia, Yousef found community and connection through his passion for gardening. Having joined the MECA, Yousef has guided a variety of community projects for migrants, refugees and youth. After negotiating for the use of a local carpark, Yousef and MECA transformed it into a produce garden – with the goal of uniting the broader community together on common ground.

coral mclean

samara Alfatlawi

The Coral McLean Awards, introduced by Chifley MP Ed Husic in 2012, is dedicated to the memory of Coral McLean, a selfless servant of her local community prior to her passing in 2011.

Coral was known to many as the mother of Mount Druitt and helped establish the Mount Druitt and Area Community Legal Centre, as well as being instrumental in the annual Reconciliation Walk.

During the week in which International Women's Day is celebrated, awards are presented in three categories: The Coral McLean Award, Chifley of the Year and Young Chifley Woman of the Year, (16 to 26).

Samara Al-Fatlawi, our dedicated volunteer was the recipient of this years Coral Mclean Award

I am honoured each year to be able to host the Coral McLean Awards and I know the worthy recipients are always humbled to accept an award in memory of such a giver to the community, as Coral was.


Council hosted its second ever Multicultural Awards to celebrate leadership, achievement and excellence in Blacktown City’s multicultural communities.

The Awards, launched in 2021, acknowledge the contributions made by local people, businesses and services from multicultural backgrounds across four categories, including: Volunteer of the Year, Inspirational Person of the Year, Unfunded Organisation of the Year and Funded Organisation of the Year.

Blacktown City Mayor, Tony Bleasdale OAM made the award presentations to recipients at a cultural celebration at Glenwood Community Hub which featured performances from Nepalese, Polish, African and Pasifika groups.

city honours
its finest

Organisation of the Year winner

As Mayor of Blacktown City, it fills me with great pride to be a part of this incredibly diverse Blacktown City community – home to more than 400,000 people who represent over 180 different birthplaces and languages,

ZEST Awards

The premier event for the Community Sector in greater Western Sydney, the ZEST Awards, led by Western Sydney Community Forum, have celebrated nearly 1,500 outstanding projects and individuals from the community across the past thirteen years.

Showcasing the vital work of the Community Sector across greater Western Sydney, the ZEST Awards have become a signature event on the calendar for the region and return in 2023 to recognise and acknowledge the work of more dedicated and passionate community groups and leaders.

Neha is an essential part of TEAM MECA. Her tireless dedication and commitment to the role is unparalleled. This year Neha was nominated and was a finalist for the OUTSTANDING VOLUNTARY LEADER Award.

The impetus came for the awards came from a growing awareness in the community sector that it was the image of Western Sydney itself that was holding back the region. This was highlighted in a forum in 2010, Stronger Voice for Western Sydney, a partnership between the Western Sydney Community Forum, WESTIR and TRI Community Exchange. A key aim that emerged from this was to challenge the negative media focus on the region and instead work to promote the innovative, creative work being done.

Raeanne is a shining light of support for women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Raeanne is a kind and welcoming caseworker at the MECA, where she creates social connection and fosters a sense of belonging by leading the popular women’s sewing program.

Westfield Local Heroes is a recognition and awards program that shines the spotlight on individuals in Australia and New Zealand who make a positive impact to their local community or environment.

Westfield Local Heroes are nominated and voted by their communities, and they represent a diverse range of sectors. This year, Westfield will award one Westfield Local Hero per Westfield centre a $20,000 grant for the organisation or group they represent. Two finalists for each centre will receive a $5,000 grant for their organisation or group.

In the five years since the program began, Westfield have awarded $6.14 million to more than 600 community organisations. Every year, they recognise more than 120 Westfield Local Heroes finalists and provide $1.26 million in community grants to their affiliated organisations.

local heroes - finalist

Westfield Local Heroes is a recognition & awards program that shines the spotlight on individuals who make a positive impact to their local community or environment.


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