Bulli group named in Wollongong’s Australia Day awards

Make Do Library of Things

BULLI based, Make-Do Library of Things was recognised at the Wollongong Australia Day Awards Dinner held at Villa Doro last night.

At the night, 14 awards were presented including Wollongong’s Citizen of the Year for 2020, veteran newsreader, Geoff Phillips. The Senior Citizen of the Year went to Val Fell and Young Citizen of the Year was awarded to Ian Steven Muhayimana.

Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbury congratulated all of those who were nominated, and awarded, at this year’s event.

“It was an impressive list and highlights the wonderful, compassionate and hardworking community members that call Wollongong home,” he said.

The Make-Do Library of Things is based in the old Bulli Bowling Club at Slacky Flat and was awarded the Outstanding Innovation Award 2020.

The Make-Do Library of Things and DIY space is a volunteer run not-for-profit organisation that offers an innovative service. It allows people to borrow the things they would otherwise buy and potentially only use once, as well as learn how to ensure the longevity of tools, clothes and other items around their home.

The library provides a system that is accessible to everyone across Wollongong.

“We’ve worked so hard these last six months and it is great to be recognised like this by the city,” a spokesperson from the organisation said.

“Thank you to all our members and especially our volunteers. We’re a step closer to Make-Do libraries becoming a sustainable cornerstone of the Illawarra.”

Other awards:

  • Arts Achievement Award 2020 – Machiel (Mick) Berghuis
  • Cultural Achievement Award 2020 – The Arcadians Theatre Group
  • Sports Awards 2020 – Gerry Doyle (Former Woonona High School sports master).
  • Outstanding Achievement Award 2020 – Dr Mohit Tolani
  • Community Group Award 2020 – Illawarra Cancer Carers Incorp
  • Diversity and Inclusion Award 2020 – The Strangeways Ensemble
  • Wollongong to the World 2020 – Professor Peter Quinn
  • Wollongong to the World Award 2020 – Jennifer Condon
  • Lord Mayor’s Award 2020 – Jarred Dyer
  • Lord Mayor’s Award 2020 – Scouting Movement of Wollongong

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About Mick Roberts

A journalist, writer and historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of Australian pubs and associated industries for over 30 years. He is working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick managed several community newspapers. He has been editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), the Sydney city newspaper, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW.


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