Bill Collidge honoured as 2021 ANZAC of the Year

A TIRELESS commitment to RSLWA and to the future leaders of tomorrow has earned WA veteran Bill Collidge the ANZAC of the Year Award.

RSLWA is extremely pleased that Board member of nine years, Bill Collidge, was today announced as one of just two recipients in Australia of the 2021 RSL ANZAC of the Year Award.

Mr Collidge has also been the Chair of the Youth Development and Cadet Support Committee for the RSLWA since 2011.  He plays an important role in coordinating the annual Cadets of the Year Award, where cadets’ skills and knowledge in administering first-aid to the injured, general knowledge, verbal presentation, dress and bearing are assessed under a rigorous testing program.

As President and Secretary of the Riverton RSL Sub-Branch, he has been instrumental in steering the Sub-Branch in the right direction through both hard and prosperous times. As a long-time Riverton resident, his involvement is not limited to the RSL and is linked to many local community groups who know his passion for the community and his level of contribution to making it a better place.

RSLWA CEO John McCourt said Mr Collidge was a very worthy recipient of the Award and great recognition of his many years of selfless and extraordinary service.

“A former WA Police officer, Bill’s contributions extend from association with the WA Police Force and RSLWA, supporting welfare and employment projects for veterans and their families through to disadvantaged youth, Defence Force Cadets WA and the wider community of Riverton.

“Bill’s dedication to disadvantaged youths are beyond the contributions of others and his leadership skills and person-management skills capture many to work beside him.

“None of this was paid employment, it’s all voluntary.”

The ANZAC of the Year Awards are made annually to recognise the efforts and achievements of Australians who have given service to their fellow Australians and to the community in a positive, selfless and compassionate manner.

The nominations for the ANZAC Awards are assessed and selected by the National RSL ANZAC Awards Committee, whose members include RSL National President, Greg Melick, Official Secretary to the Governor-General of Australia Paul Singer, Assistant Secretary Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet Peter Rush, former Senator Margaret Reid and RSL National CEO Phil Winter.


Bill Collidge works tirelessly with the cadets.