60th Anniversary

This year, The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award in Australia is celebrating 60 years.

A range of events and celebrations are planned to commemorate the moments that matter from the past 60 years.

60th Anniversary Reception

A celebration of the 60th Anniversary of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award in Australia

Hosted by The Honourable Kim Beazley AC, Governor of Western Australia.

20 August 2019

Government House Ballroom

During the evening, we will recognise the Award’s achievements in Australia and WA.  This is in terms of the numbers, reach and diversity of young Australians who have benefited, and the substantial social capital built through the Awardees and the 60,000 volunteers required annually to support the Award.

The National 60th Anniversary Award Trail

Western Australia – The Bibbulmun Track

The Bibbulmun Track: The Bibbulmun Track is one of the world’s great long distance walk trails, stretching 1000km from Kalamunda in the Perth Hills, to Albany on the south coast, winding through the heart of the scenic South West of Western Australia.

The trek occurred on Sunday 26 May 2019 commencing at 2pm with 60 people joining with us to celebrate the 60th Anniversary!  Starting at South Ledge, the intrepid walkers enjoyed the spectacular scenery from Golden View and over the Mundaring Weir before winding their way along the 6.2km section of the Bibbulmun Track finally finishing at the Perth Hills Discovery Centre.  Chair, Joe Francis then unveiled the plaque with the help from the Board and Alyssa Hayden MLA, Shadow Minister for Community Services; Youth; Seniors and Ageing; Volunteering.

With expert guidance from our Bibbulmun Track Volunteer Guides, everyone had a fantastic time learning about the Trail and the Award.  The feedback has been nothing but positive and already talk of doing it again next year!

The plaque is located on the Bibbulmun Track at the Perth Hills Discovery Centre, Mundaring, 40km from Perth CBD.

 

Some Feedback

“Sunday was just fantastic – LOVED IT. I had the best time and your team were AMAZING”

 “Paddy Pallin Perth were delighted to be able to support such a great organisation and event.  I was at the walk with my folks who were over visiting from the UK, I absolutely agree, that it was a perfect afternoon and a great credit to everyone involved.”

What a perfect afternoon it was yesterday for a bush walk celebrating 60 years of the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award in Australia. It was very well organised and a great credit to all your planning and coordination.  My daughter Victoria and I really enjoyed the walk. Thank you to you and the rest of the team, for the memorable experience.   Jody Lennon

Special guests:

Ms Jody Lennon – Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award in Australia Ambassador and her daughter, Victoria (an Award Participant)

Alyssa Hayden MLA, Shadow Minister for Community Services; Youth; Seniors and Ageing; Volunteering.

Mr Simon Foxwell – Paddy Pallin Perth and Duke of Ed Employer

Mr Ian Brown – General Manager Operations Royal Lifesaving WA  and Duke of Ed Employer

Mr Jamie Bennett – Executive Officer, Outdoors WA

Hon Tim Clifford MLC – East Metropolitan Region Greens

Ms Cait Ryan – Department of Communities (and her two sons)

Mr Matthew Hughes MLA State Labor MP for Kalamunda

Hon Matthew Swinbourn MLC – State Member for the East Metro Region Australian Labor Party

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