Nominations open for Corporate Citizen of 2019

Published on 12 April 2019

Mayor Stephen Bali MP (centre) presenting Owen Walsh (left) and Rob Wearn (right) with their Corporate Citizen of 2018 awards.jpg

Blacktown City Council is proud of the contribution made by its local business sector and recognises this contribution through the Blacktown Corporate Citizen awards program.

Blacktown City Mayor, Stephen Bali MP said: “The award recognises an individual with a business in Blacktown City who has achieved great success in their industry and made an outstanding contribution to the community.”

“The Corporate Citizen award winner is someone who has not only done well in business but has clearly demonstrated a high level of social responsibility and community involvement in Blacktown City.”

Council is now calling for nominations for the Blacktown Corporate Citizen of 2019. The winner will be announced at a special function at Blacktown Civic Centre, Nirimba Room on Tuesday 21 May.

In recent years the award has been presented to builder, developer, and entrepreneur Bill McNamara OAM (2017), and Sydney Business Park owner and manager Rob Wearn and Owen Walsh (2018).

Rob Wearn bought Sydney Business Park land (with Bryan Singh) in the mid 1990’s, and they are both focused on creating a lasting positive legacy for the community. Mr Wearn is heavily involved in a number of Western Sydney charities, including Thorndale, Royal Far West and the Great Walk Foundation.

Owen Walsh has been the manager of the Sydney Business Park project since 2005, and is instrumental in shaping the vision and delivery of the project. Owen has been involved in supporting many local schools and job placements through his work with the Beacon Foundation and Marist 180.

“It is very important for us to recognise the huge contribution business owners and leaders make to both the economy and wellbeing of our City,” Mayor Bali said.

“I am looking forward to seeing the many worthy nominations for the award this year,” he said.

Nominations close on Friday 3 May.

To nominate yourself or another a member of our business community, complete the form on Council’s website:

Nominations can be emailed to or sent via post to PO Box 63, Blacktown 2148.