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Peter Kenyon works to improve communities.

Ideas man making a difference

By Claire Ottaviano

MEDAL of the Order of Australia recipient Peter Kenyon is busy working on his next community building project.

The Kalamunda resident was recogised for service to community development initiatives across the Perth metro area and rural Western Australia.

Mr Kenyon has previously received the Centenary of Australia Medal, for services to rural Australia in 2001, the Kalamunda Chamber of Commerce business excellence award for community involvement in 2008 and most recently the 2017 West Australian Senior Australian of the Year award.

Through his organisation, the Bank of I.D.E.A.S (Initiatives for the Development of Enterprising Action and Strategies), established in 1989, Mr Kenyon has helped more than 2500 communities across 59 countries spark their own ideas and invest in themselves to build sustainable futures.

“Being nominated for any award is not really one of those things you think of, there are so many people out there doing so many interesting things,” he said.

“I’ve had a long term commitment to local economic development across 2500 communities in Australia, Africa and New Zealand but especially in the Pilbara.”

He said his current initiative, and possibly most exciting, is working with fellow senior citizens in Kalamunda to create the Kalamunda Seniors Hub, a mutual support organisation where seniors support each other to live in their own home, street and neighbourhood.

“Currently in Kalamunda we’re leading the charge to get seniors hubs up to help people stay as long as possible in their own house as well as possible and as cheap as possible,” Mr Kenyon said.

“Well over 60 people in the City of Kalamunda have offered to get involved in trying to make this happen, from the old to the young, we all think this is a great community project.”

Getting the Kalamunda/Lesmurdie Hub off the ground is the first goal with two more hubs visualized for Forrestfield and High Wycombe.

Highlights of his career have also included employment as a youth education officer at Applecross and Rockingham Senior High Schools, creating youth work courses at Edith Cowan University and working for the new African governments of Namibia and South Africa on youth employment and enterprise development.

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