Nominations now open for the 2021 Stan Henwood Award

Published: 8 February 2021

Nominations are now open for Cardinia Shire Council's annual Stan Henwood Award, which recognises outstanding individuals in Cardinia Shire who have made significant contributions to their community.

Cardinia Shire Council Mayor Councillor Brett Owen said the Stan Henwood Award is held in high esteem and nominating someone is the perfect way to recognise them for making a difference in the shire.   

“Stan Henwood was a prominent member of the Tynong community who made significant contributions to his township and the municipality. This annual award keeps Stan’s memory alive and honours other civic-minded people in our community today. 

“Our community has experienced tough times throughout the pandemic and into recovery, which makes it all the more important to acknowledge those individuals who are working selflessly to help others and help make our shire a better place,” Cr Owen said. 

Cr Owen encouraged community members to nominate anyone they believe has made a positive, long-term contribution to Cardinia Shire. 

“In 2020, we honoured Pakenham resident Ken Rook who has held a range of positions across many community organisations including the Rotary Club of Pakenham, Toomuc Fire Brigade, Pakenham Scouts, Suffolk Sheep Breeders Association, and Presbyterian Tennis Club. 

“Our past winners have done so much towards making Cardinia Shire the wonderful place it is today. Volunteers are the glue that keep our community together and provide so many vital services. Recognising them through the Stan Henwood award is just one way that we can thank them for their work,” Cr Owen said.  

Stan was held in high esteem by the Tynong community for his lifelong dedication to strengthening his local community and Cardinia Shire more broadly. His positive influence and contributions over the years not only improved the lives of those around him, but also saw him receive a medal from the Australian Prime Minister for Service to Sport and an Order of Australia for Service to the Community. 

This year, nominees are no longer required to have completed more than 10 years of community services. For the first time, the award is instead open to anyone who has made substantial community contributions to Cardinia Shire. 

Nominees must have made a significant contribution to community services in Cardinia Shire, have not previously received the award and must not have been a Cardinia Shire Councillor within the last four years.  

Nominations for the 2021 award close at 5pm on Monday 5 April 2021. 

Nominations must be submitted online via the SmartyGrants portal, which will require the nominator to register an account before they can prepare and submit a nomination form. 

For more information about this award, eligibility criteria and how to nominate, visit  

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