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Thank you for voting for your Westfield Local Hero

We congratulate all of our finalists and recognise the important contribution they make to the local community. The successful Westfield Local Heroes will be announced on 27 October.

Westfield Local Heroes is a community recognition and grants program, connecting and enriching local communities.

Westfield Local Heroes are nominated and voted for by their communities, with the outcome of the public vote determining the three successful 2020 nominees for every Westfield centre. Each of the affiliated organisations of the successful heroes will be awarded a $10,000 grant to support their work to thrive. Westfield will award 126 grants across Australia and New Zealand – totalling $1.26 million.


Your finalists for Westfield Airport West are:

Bruce Tripptree

Hume Men’s Shed Craigieburn
Honourable. Dedicated. Ethical

Bruce Tripptree, the president of the Hume Men’s Shed in Craigieburn, has spent the past seven years working to raise money in the community and secure council funding for a much-needed bigger building. Bruce says he was able to show the Council he was serious about providing a safe, friendly environment for community members to call home. He also rallied shed members to raise funds towards the cost. Getting councillors involved in the shed, which is a place to socialise, learn new skills and complete projects, was a turning point, Bruce says.

Westfield Local Heroes are nominated and voted for by their communities, with the three top finalists per Westfield centre each awarded a $10,000 grant for their affiliated organisation. If Bruce is successful, the Hume Men’s Shed in Craigieburn will use its grant to fit out the social area with gym equipment, computers and games.


Keeley Johnson

Keeleys Cause
Amazing. Exceptional. Inspiring


At just 13, brave Keeley Johnson set up a charity and raised $70,000 to help other kids like her get a good education. At the time Keeley, who has autism and an intellectual disability, needed an iPad to help her with her schoolwork. “If I’m given work on a paper, I get overwhelmed. Put that same work on an iPad and I get it right,” she says. After discovering there is no government funding for iPads for children with autism or intellectual disability, Keeley set up Keeley’s Cause and went out on a quest to raise the money herself.

Westfield Local Heroes are nominated and voted for by their communities, with the three top finalists per Westfield centre each awarded a $10,000 grant for their affiliated organisation. If Keeley is successful, Keeley’s Cause will be able to buy iPads for children with autism or an intellectual disability.


Mandy Gosetti

I'm Still Learning
Passionate. Determined. Supportive


After Mandy Gosetti lost her husband to cancer, she realised there must be other people in the same boat, struggling with loneliness and doubt over how to manage jobs around the house. The determined widow did something about it and set up I’m Still Learning to offer hands on courses in Basic Home Maintenance, Basic Car Maintenance and Cooking. Mandy and her team have directly helped and empowered over 250 participants, with the majority of them being women over 50, gain new skills in a social and supportive environment. Mandy says, ‘the best part of my job is getting to know our participants at the courses, watching their confidence grow and seeing them successfully complete projects at home as a result’.

Westfield Local Heroes are nominated and voted for by their communities, with the three top finalists per Westfield centre each awarded a $10,000 grant for their affiliated organisation. If Mandy is successful I’m Still Learning will use its grant to buy safety equipment and run more courses.


Matthew Hay

Youth Insearch Foundation
Brave. Courageous. Dedicated


Youth mentor Matthew (Matt) Hay knows first-hand how helpful it can be for troubled young people to meet peers who have overcome similar issues to them. When he was 17, Matt struggled with clinical anxiety caused by a difficult home life and being bullied at school for being different because of his type 1 diabetes. He struggled to leave the house and to go to school. Matt turned his life around after a counsellor recommended the Youth Insearch Foundation, a mentoring program in which young people help other young people. Now Matt is thriving, and he’s giving back as a volunteer youth leader with Youth Insearch.

Westfield Local Heroes are nominated and voted for by their communities, with the three top finalists per Westfield centre each awarded a $10,000 grant for their affiliated organisation. If Matthew is successful, the Youth Insearch Foundation will use its grant to create an online support program.


Natalie Roberts

Niddrie Gymnastics Club
Authentic. Generous. Selfless


Gymnastics coach Natalie Roberts puts her heart into training children of all abilities, in the sport she loves. The head coach and manager of the Niddrie Gymnastics Club makes it her mission to ensure every child, regardless of ability, feels included. Natalie understands the needs of children with autism and arranges lessons so they have the gym to themselves. She also runs a special needs class, who also have full use of the facility. “I am very proud of all our programs and the happy, safe place that we provide for children,” Natalie says.

Westfield Local Heroes are nominated and voted for by their communities, with the three top finalists per Westfield centre each awarded a $10,000 grant for their affiliated organisation. If Natalie is successful, the Niddrie Gymnastics Club will use its grant to buy much-needed equipment and fund training for coaches.


Terecia Page

Bacchus Marsh Community Radio Inc, Apple98.5fm
Selfless. Dedicated. Inspirational


Volunteer radio station manager Terecia Page is connecting her community by bringing people live broadcasts of local footy games as well as news and event coverage. Terecia is also the secretary and sponsorship coordinator at Bacchus Marsh Community Radio, Apple98.5fm. Until she stepped in two and a half years ago, there was just $1000 in the bank and the station was in danger of folding. Despite being a busy mum and undergoing cancer treatment, Terecia always shows up for meetings and events with a smile.“Bacchus Marsh community radio helps to bring the community together,” says Terecia.

Westfield Local Heroes are nominated and voted for by their communities, with the three top finalists per Westfield centre each awarded a $10,000 grant for their affiliated organisation. If Terecia is successful, Bacchus Marsh Community Radio 98.5 FM will use the funds to buy an outdoor broadcast van so it can attend more events.


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