The Hobsons Bay Citizen and Young Citizen of the Year Awards are presented to local people who contribute to the Hobsons Bay community through community service and/or achievement in sport or arts and culture, business and economic development, and/or environmental conservation, preservation, or restoration.

Dr Mukesh Haikerwal AC (photo credit to Hobsons Bay City Council)Dr Mukesh Haikerwal AC has been announced as the 2021 Citizen of the Year in recognition for his invaluable contribution to the health and wellbeing of the Hobsons Bay community during the COVID-19 pandemic and his outstanding leadership and role in establishing the first drive through respiratory clinic in Victoria at Circle Health in Altona North.

Dr Haikerwal was presented with his award on Australia Day by Cr Pamela Sutton-Legaud, a member of the Hobsons Bay Community Fund Committee.

Melissa Sheedy, who volunteers with Hobsons Bay Wetlands Centre Inc, has been recognised as the 2021 Young Citizen of the Year. Ms Sheedy has volunteered with the Hobsons Bay Wetlands Centre and has inspired more people to care and value Hobsons Bay’s wetlands through social media and a nature treasure hunt activity for children to explore their local area.

Hobsons Bay Wetlands Centre Inc is run by a community group that aims to establish by 2025 a purpose-built centre near the world-recognised Cheetham wetlands in Altona’s backyard. Hobsons Bay Community Fund provided a $1,500 grant to enable the Hobsons Bay Wetlands Centre Inc to secure legal advice in support of its application for deductible gift recipient status.