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2017 Citizen of the Year and Volunteer Award recipients

Wed 10 May, 2017


Philip Ciravolo, a Greensborough accountant and president of Diamond Valley Relay for Life, is the 2017 Banyule Citizen of the Year.

The Mayor of Banyule, Cr Tom Melican, said that for over 30 years Philip had been an active member of the Banyule and wider community as both business leader and volunteer.

“He has held many posts, including as treasurer of the Greensborough Chamber of Commerce, and worked hard to raise funds for the Cancer Council through his involvement with the Diamond Valley Relay for Life,”
Cr Melican said.

Philip, a director at Greensborough accounting firm Cugley Ciravolo Bordin, was announced as this year’s Banyule Citizen of the Year at tonight’s 2017 Banyule Volunteer Awards.

“Philip has worked tirelessly for organisations, not only offering his professional services but also providing enthusiasm and leadership to encourage others to join in,” Cr Melican said.

Cr Melican also presented volunteer awards over four categories: Individual; Multicultural; Young; and Community Group.
Two lifetime achievement awards were also announced.

It is the 12th year of the Banyule Volunteer Awards, held each year in National Volunteers Week, and the 4th year of the Banyule Citizen of the Year Award. This year, 56 individuals or groups were nominated for awards.

Cr Melican said that according to the 2011 census, 18.1% of Banyule residents perform voluntary work, which is higher than the 15.8% figure for greater Melbourne.

“Banyule’s volunteers make a far-reaching contribution to building a strong and resilient community, not only here but also in other parts of Australia and overseas,” he said.

“Volunteers also juggle volunteering within already busy lives, whether at school or university, in work or in retirement. And, contrary to a sometimes popular misconception, they come from all walks of life and from all age groups. The youngest nominee tonight was 15 and the oldest 86, with some giving a lifetime of service.”

“What all nominees have in common is that their contributions, whether individually or in groups, are making a real difference and I congratulate and thank all volunteers in Banyule for everything they do to make our community a better place to live, work and play.”





  • Danielle Marsh, Yallambie
  • Eva Parton, Heidelberg Heights
  • Cameron Harper, Ivanhoe
  • Nelun Tirimanne, Heidelberg
  • Mary McLure, Briar Hill


  • Noel Griffith, Ivanhoe East
  • Karen-Joy McColl, Heidelberg Heights


  • Jason Xin, Eltham



  • Lee Fox, Heidelberg (Highly Commended)
  • Rachel Watson, Greensborough




  • Greensborough Historical Society
  • 3081 Angels
  • Contact Bundoora Community Centre

   2017 Citizen of the Year

  • Philip Ciravolo, Greensborough