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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.

Youth Photo Contest entries for 2020 have now closed

  • Australia Day Youth Photo Contest

    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.

    Good Luck

    If you want to ask a question, call the youth development team on 1300 242 686 or email

Australia Day Award nominations for 2020 have now closed

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

    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.

    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.

    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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