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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 Fountain Gate are:

Franca Heins

We Care Community Services Inc
Generous Kind. Empathic

Franca Heins works tirelessly to provide groceries and toiletries to more than 200 local unemployed and elderly people each week. As the driving force behind Dandenong’s We Care Community Services Shed, Franca helps provide more than a tonne of fresh fruit, vegetables, dry foods and other essentials every week.

Westfield Local Heroes are nominated and voted for by their communities. The finalist with the most community votes will become the Westfield Fountain Gate Local Hero for 2022, receiving a $20,000 grant for the organisation they represent. If Franca is successful, We Care Community Services will use its funds to upgrade the shed and buy a heavy-duty pallet lift and shelving.

Kay Taranto

Wild Days Wildlife Shelter
Selfless. Caring. Amazing

Community-minded Kay Taranto saves hundreds of animals a year from the human impact on their environment. She founded the non-profit Wild Days Wildlife Shelter, where she cares for and rehabilitates from 600-800 sick, injured and orphaned native animals a year. In addition, she offers volunteer opportunities and education to adults and children.

Westfield Local Heroes are nominated and voted for by their communities. The finalist with the most community votes will become the Westfield Fountain Gate Local Hero for 2022, receiving a $20,000 grant for the organisation they represent. If Kay is successful, Wild Days Wildlife Shelter will invest in a Junior Wild Days Program, volunteer education, new equipment and ongoing activities.

Mary Tresize-Brown

South East Local Learning & Employment Network
Driven. Collaborative. Passionate

Driven Mary Tresize-Brown gives her all to help young parents complete their education. As the manager of the Young Parents Program at the South East Local Learning & Employment Network, Mary has so far helped more than 120 pregnant and parenting people aged 15 to 21 overcome stigmatisation and improve their prospects.

Westfield Local Heroes are nominated and voted for by their communities. The finalist with the most community votes will become the Westfield Mary Tresize-Brown Local Hero for 2022, receiving a $20,000 grant for the organisation they represent. If Mary is successful, South East Local Learning & Employment Network will use its funds to support the opening of a hub in Cranbourne.


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