Derek Young wins Australia Day award

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City of Wanneroo north ward councillor and deputy mayor Nat Sangalli with Australia Day award winner Derek Young of Two Rocks. Picture: Anita McInnes

DEREK Young of Two Rocks is the 2018 winner of the City of Wanneroo’s Australia Day individual award.

Mr Young has a long history as a community volunteer having served both as a scout leader and a volunteer firefighter for many years.

Originally from South Africa he first became a scout leader in Johannesburg in 1987.

When he and his wife Moira immigrated to Australia in 1999 he was recruited as a scout leader in Scarborough and later North Beach.

The couple moved to Two Rocks in 2011 and Mr Young soon started planning to establish a scout group in the area.

In February 2016 his goal was achieved when the Two Rocks Yanchep Emergency Scouts (TRYES) opened.

As a scout leader Mr Young has had a significant and positive impact on the lives of about 60 children, teaching them a range of skills and the importance of being productive community members.

His vision is for the group to provide a source of new volunteers for local fire brigades.

In addition to his work with scouts, Mr Young is a volunteer firefighter.

He joined the Two Rocks Volunteer Bushfire Brigade in 2012 and was appointed captain in 2016.

On average Mr Young volunteers 25hr each week to the Two Rocks Volunteer Bushfire Brigade and 25hr Two Rocks Yanchep Emergency Scouts all while working full time as an air-conditioner design engineer.

The Charles Searson Australia Day youth award winner Struan Graham and City of Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts. Picture: Anita McInnes
The Charles Searson Australia Day youth award winner Struan Graham and City of Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts. Picture: Anita McInnes

The winner of the Charles Searson Australia Day youth award Struan Graham joined the Wanneroo Central Bush Fire Brigade when five years ago.

Since then the now 21-year-old volunteer firefighter has enthusiastically fulfilled all standard brigade requirements as well as extra brigade duties, often taking unpaid leave from work in order to go on first response fire duty.

Mr Graham has helped in various brigade specialty areas, including community liaison, a role, which has seen him engage with hundreds of school children, teaching them about fire safety, bushfires and emergency situations.

In each of his roles with the brigade Mr Graham has enhanced the efficient operation of the brigade and increased the community’s awareness of fire safety.

In 2016 he received the Department of Fire and Emergency Services youth achievement award for his service to the community.