2019 Australia Day  

This year we celebrated Australia Day at Thallon Park. Australia Day Ambassador Dr Bob McGregor assisted our Mayor Cr Richard Marsh in presenting the following awards: 

  • Junior Sports Achievement Award – Cohan Neven
  • Senior Sports Achievement Award – Meg O’Sullivan
  • Sports Administrator Award – Todd Twidale
  • Cultural Achievement Award – Nia Hadenfeldt
  • Community Event of the Year – Paul Kelly & Friends Concert in Dirranbandi
  • Community Service Award – Kimberley Clark
  • Young Citizen of the Year – Tillie McCumstie
  • Citizen of the Year – Frank Deshon


The criteria for the awards are: 

General Criteria for all Awards:

  • Nominees must be Australian citizens and are permanent residents of Balonne Shire or residents of the Shire during 2018
  • Awards will not be granted posthumously
  • Unsuccessful nominees may be re-nominated in subsequent years
  • Self-nominations will not be accepted

Australia Day is an opportunity to celebrate people and groups that have made noteworthy contributions in our community.

Did you know that the tradition of having Australia Day as a national holiday on 26 January is a recent one. It wasn’t until 1994 that all states and territories began to celebrate Australia Day consistently as a public holiday on that date. 

The Australia Day Awards are provided by the Queensland Commemorative Events and Celebrations Committee and administered by Local Governments.

Guidelines for Local Governments Administering Awards