AN Australia Day Breakfast in Two Rocks provided a free breakfast to 500 residents on Thursday, January 26.
Organised by the Yanchep Two Rocks Community Recreation Association the breakfast also included community award presentations, face painting and entertainment by singing duo EMKAE.
The Citizen of the Year award was awarded to David Haynes of Two Rocks for his work with the Two Rocks Volunteer Marine Rescue Group, which he joined in 2008.
Mr Haynes served as a radio operator and as treasurer for two years and then took on the role of commander in 2010.
After four years at the helm he stepped down and became deputy commander in 2014.
In 2015 he served as a committee member and a radio operator before taking on the deputy commander role again 2016.
He has taken part in many rescues including boat breakdowns, missing scuba divers and grid searches for people who were lost in the ocean.
Monitoring the abalone fisherman while at anchor in the rescue boat just off shore in case someone is washed away is another task he has taken on .
He has run a number of annual fishing competitions and organised all the prizes to be donated by local businesses and manned the group’s marquee at fetes to try to recruit new members.
His volunteer work has also included quiz nights and covering a position until a new recruit can be found.
He is also a volunteer at Ridgewood Little Athletics every Saturday and has helped out with the TRYCRA sausage sizzles.
Yanchep Little Athletics Club won the community group award.
The club started more than 15 years ago with just five athletes but has grown immensely during the past three to four years.
Yanchep Little Athletics Club Athletics is a sporting club with a difference not only do the athletes have to commit to training and competing but the parents must commit to helping on roster for competition days.
The nominating information said the committee members were always on roster to help the children in various events and to officiate as well.
“Other sports you can commit to as much or as little as you want but not so in Athletics,’’ the nomination said.
“Yanchep club is also helping out in community events and striving for athletes to become volunteers and ambassadors for their club. “They have also had represtatives at state and national levels competing.’’
The Youth Award was won by Zack Howes of Two Rocks.
Virginia Dziegielewski and Brooke Trimmer were awarded Outstanding Achievement medallions.