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Last chance to vote for your Westfield Local Hero​

It only takes a minute to recognise and give back to someone in your community who is doing amazing work. Vote for your Westfield Local Hero today.

Westfield Local Heroes is a recognition and awards program that shines the spotlight on individuals and their organisations in Australia and New Zealand who make a positive impact to their local community or environment.

The Westfield Local Hero finalist with the highest number of community votes for each Westfield centre will be awarded a $20,000 grant for the organisation they represent. Finalists receive a $5,000 grant for their organisation.

This year Westfield will award 126 grants across Australia and New Zealand – totaling $1.26 million. Now in its 5th year, the Westfield Local Heroes program will have contributed $6.14M to more than 530 successful Local Hero organisations since it began.

Voting closes 22 August

VOTE NOW! Your finalists for Westfield Chatswood are:

Anthony Rigney

KYDS Youth Development Service
Kind. Encouraging. Supportive

Anthony Rigney is committed to youth mental health and works tirelessly to give local young people easy access to unlimited free counselling. As CEO of Lindfield-based KYDS Youth Development Service, Anthony leads a team who make people aged 12 to 19 feel comfortable, respected, and welcome when they seek support.

Westfield Local Heroes are nominated and voted for by their communities. The finalist with the most community votes will become the Westfield Chatswood Local Hero for 2022, receiving a $20,000 grant for the organisation they represent. If Anthony is successful, KYDS Youth Development Service will be able to expand its outreach by appointing a Community and Partnerships Manager.

If you need support, please phone Lifeline: 13 11 14

John Kelman

Bike North Cycling Without Age Chapter
Empathetic. Inclusive. Exemplary

John Kelman is leading the new Bike North Chapter of Cycling Without Age to build a local service for the elderly and people with disability, providing relaxing trishaw rides around the Macquarie University campus. Passengers enjoy being outdoors and feel the wind in their faces as a volunteer pedals them around the campus.

Westfield Local Heroes are nominated and voted for by their communities. The finalist with the most community votes will become the Westfield Chatswood Local Hero for 2022, receiving a $20,000 grant for the organisation they represent. If John is successful, Cycling Without Age Bike North will use these funds to purchase their own trishaw and trailer, and to expand their service to many more people in the Northern Sydney area.

Matt Lonergan

Moving Against Domestic Violence - Movers
Driven. Incomparable. Legendary

Matt Lonergan helps more than 100 families a year escape domestic violence by providing quick, efficient and safe moves. Matt’s charity, Moving Against Domestic Violence – Movers, connects clients with understanding removalists and provides volunteers to help with packing. It also sources necessities for a new home.

Westfield Local Heroes are nominated and voted for by their communities. The finalist with the most community votes will become the Westfield Chatswood Local Hero for 2022, receiving a $20,000 grant for the organisation they represent. If Matt is successful, Moving Against Domestic Violence - Movers will use its funds to provide direct practical support to help more than 40 families escape domestic violence.


If you need support, please phone Lifeline: 13 11 14

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