Not all heroes wear capes and they aren’t always found on the football field or in the operating theatre.

They can be living right next door. Do you know someone who has given outstanding service to the Cockburn community? Or have you been involved in a voluntary community project which deserves recognition?

We all know those wonderful people who go above and beyond to make our community a better place. Now is the time to shine the spotlight on them.

Eliza Ponds Land Estate is proud to announce, nominations are now open for the Home-Grown Hero Awards. The award celebrates people within our community who give so much to help others, who are passionate about making a difference, freely volunteering to help and protect our community.

We want to hear the stories of those making a valuable contribution to the lives of others and who enrich our own community.

Let us say ‘thank you’ to people who go that extra mile to make a positive contribution to the lives of others in the community.

Nominate your local “Home-grown Hero”!

Voting is now open until Friday November 29, 2019.


  • Who are you nominating?

  • About the nominee

    Tell us in 1000 words or less why you believe this individual should be recognised as a local Home-Grown Hero. Explain the work being undertaken by the nominee, how long they have been undertaking these activities and the benefits it brings to the people in the local community.

    (Attach your submission as a PDF or word document with contact details of two references or referees who can support the work being undertaken)

  • Accepted file types: pdf, doc, docx.
  • Nominator’s contact details


The “Home Grown Hero” Awards is being run by Eliza Ponds Land Estate on behalf of George Weston Foods Limited.

The “Home Grown Hero” Awards aim to acknowledge and recognise outstanding contributions by individuals in the Cockburn local community in a voluntary capacity. Voluntary service must meet Volunteering Australia’s definition of volunteering, in that ‘volunteering is time willingly given for the common good and without financial gain’.

The awards will recognise one adult and one youth in the local community. The winner of the adult category will win a cash prize of $3000AUD and the winner of the youth category will win a cash prize of $2000AUD. The prize will be paid into the nominated bank account of each category winner within 7 business days of the announcement.

Key Dates

Nominations open 8am on Tuesday 1st October 2019 and close 5pm Friday 29th November, 2019.

Judging will take place Monday 2nd December, 2019 and the two winners will be notified that day via their preferred contact method.

Winners will be announced via Community Newspapers on Thursday 12th December and the website

Nomination/Entry process

  1. Nominations can be lodged either electronically via or in writing on a nomination form provided upon request to Eliza Ponds Land Estate c/-
  2. Entries must provide all required information as outlined in the Nomination/Self-Nomination Form. Failure to provide required information and/or submissions of an incomplete form may result in the nomination being deemed ineligible and will not be accepted in the judging process.
  3. A nominator must have the nominee’s consent to be entered into the Awards prior to submitting the nomination.
  4. For the youth award category (deemed as a person under the age of 17 at 31st August, 2019), a parent or guardians’ consent is required for the nomination to be deemed eligible.
  5. Eliza Ponds Land Estate reserves the right to publish a nominee’s photo and relevant nomination information as part of the promotion of the Awards and the nominee consents to the use of any information in the Nomination/ Self-Nomination Form by Eliza Ponds Land Estate.
  6. In the event that a nominee is chosen as a finalist, the nominee agrees to participate in video and photo shoots, promotional and profiling activities and interviews, as co-ordinated by Eliza Ponds Land Estate for promotion and profiling purposes in the lead up to and after the announcement of the winner/s.
  7. Eliza Ponds Land Estate reserves the right to vet, review and substantiate information contained within a Nomination/Self-Nomination Form. This may be through contacting the nominee’s referees or independent sources, as decided by Eliza Ponds.
  8. Eliza Ponds accepts no responsibility for lost, misplaced or late nominations and supporting documentation.
  9. Entries must be received no later than midnight Australian Western Standard Time on the nominated closing date.
  10. All documentation provided will be retained by Eliza Ponds and may be used in its absolute discretion.

Eligibility Criteria

Nominees must be Australian citizens or Australian permanent resident who reside within the City of Cockburn municipality. The municipality borders can be found at

For definition an Australian permanent residents are residents of Australia who hold a permanent residency visa.

Nominee is over 18 years of age, as at 31 August 2019 for the Adult category or under the age of 17 years as at 31 August 2019 for the Youth category.

Nominee is not paid in any capacity for the work they undertake as per the definition of a volunteer stated previously.

Nominee must be an individual and cannot be an organisation, group of people or a couple.

Nominee is not deceased (Awards will not be granted posthumously).


Presented in celebration of an individual over the age of 18 years at 31st August, 2019, who has made an outstanding voluntary commitment and who through their volunteering has positively impacted on the lives of others.

Presented in celebration of an individual aged up to 17 years at 31st August, 2019, who has made an outstanding voluntary commitment and who through their volunteering has positively impacted on the lives of others

For both categories submissions to be less than 1000 words and explain the work being undertaken by the nominee, how long they have been undertaking these activities and the benefits it brings to the people in the local community.
The nominee can also be supported by two relevant references or referees to the work being undertaken.

Judging Process

A panel made up of representatives, but not limited to, Eliza Ponds Land Estate, will review all applications and determine a winner for each category.

This is a game of skill only. There is no element of chance in determining the winners.

Prize Conditions

You are only eligible to win one prize. We reserve the right to withdraw a prize if there are no eligible entrants to receive that prize.

By accepting a prize, you agree to participate in and co-operate as required with all reasonable marketing activities relating to the prize including but not limited to being interviewed and photographed. We reserve the right to use your comments, image and name for advertising and publicity purposes in any media in perpetuity without compensation.

All other expenses associated with the prizes are the responsibility of the winners.


We reserve the right, at any time, and in our sole discretion to (a) request entrants to provide proof of identity and/or proof of valid entry (b) disqualify any entrant who we have reason to believe has breached any of these conditions or engaged in any unlawful or other improper conduct or any conduct calculated to jeopardise the fair and proper conduct of the promotion.

Entries are accepted at the time of receipt by us. We will not be held liable for any entries not received for any reason during the promotion period.

If for any reason, we are not able to conduct the promotion as planned, including due to tampering, unauthorised intervention, fraud, any technical difficulties or any other causes beyond our control, which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of this promotion, we reserve the right in our sole discretion to take any action that may be available.

To the extent permitted by law, we are not liable for any loss (including indirect and consequential loss) or damage or personal injury suffered or sustained in connection with the promotion including the supply of goods or services by any person to the prize winners, and where applicable to any persons accompanying the prize winners.

We accept no responsibility for any tax liabilities that may arise from winning the prize.