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Australia Day in the Central Highlands

Celebrations and events

Each year we celebrate Australia Day across the region to reflect on what it means to be Australian, to celebrate contemporary Australia and acknowledge our history.  And from car shows to thong-throwing competitions, each of our towns adds their individual flavour to their celebrations. In Emerald we continue the tradition of the more formal Australia Day citizenship ceremony. Across all of our towns, we celebrate our people by awarding the annual Australia Day Awards.

The Central Highlands Australia Day Awards celebrate the achievement and contributions of individuals and organisations in our region. Nominating someone is an opportunity to publicly acknowledge those who have made an extraordinary contribution or are an outstanding achiever.

Australia Day Award nominations for 2020 are now open!

  • All you need to know to nominate someone for an Australia Day Award

    If you know of a person, event or community group dedicated to making the Central Highlands a better place, help us recognise their efforts and nominate them for a 2020 Central Highlands Australia Day Award.

    Categories include:

    • Citizen of the Year (26 and over)
    • Young Citizen of the Year (25 and under)
    • Cultural Award (Individual or group)
    • Senior Sportsperson/ Administrator of the Year (18 and over)
    • Junior Sportsperson of the Year (17 and under)
    • Community Event of the Year

    There are two ways you can nominate:

    1. Submit an online nomination
    2. Complete a paper copy nomination form at your local council customer service centre or library.

    Nominations close 5.00 pm, Monday 6 January 2020.

    Before nominating someone, please read the conditions of entry and selection criteria for the nomination category carefully.

    If you are nominating more than one person/ event/ organisation or nominating the same for more than one category, please complete a separate form for each nomination and category.


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