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.
Stay tuned to find out what’s on in your town for Australia Day 2021.
Entries for the Youth Photo Contest are now closed.
Australia Day, 26 January, is the day to reflect on what it means to be Australian, to celebrate contemporary Australia and to acknowledge our history!
So simply upload a picture of what it means to you to be Australian and tell us why!
Entry is open to all young people aged between 10 and 25 who live in the Central Highlands region.
Photos are to be themed around what it means to be Australian.
How to participate:
Snap your photo
Click on this link
Upload your photo and fill in the form
How to win:
The photo with the most votes wins. Winners will be emailed upon completion of the contest on the 28 January 2020 @ 5.00pm.
Prizes: (voucher of your choice to either Big W, EB Games, Target or BCF)
1st – $100
2nd – $50
3rd – $20
COPYRIGHT: You must have rights and authorities of photo you submit.
USAGE RIGHTS: Photos could be used by future promotion by Central Highlands Regional Council.
If you want to ask a question, call the youth development team on 1300 242 686 or email
Nominations for the 2020 Australia Day Awards have now closed.
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 Central Highlands Australia Day Award.
There are two ways you can nominate:
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.