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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.

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www.australiaday.org.au

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Balonne Shire 2020 Australia Day

Nominations are now open for the Balonne Shire's 2020 Australia Day Awards.

Balonne Shire residents are being urged to put their thinking caps on and nominate community members for the 2020 Australia Day Awards.

These Awards are an excellent opportunity for the community at large to recognise in a meaningful way, the achievements of individuals and in the case of the Community Event of the Year, organisations.

All residents or organisations in the Shire area are eligible for an Award.

Please read the Guidelines before sending in a nomination.

2020 Australia Day Guidelines

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

Nomination forms can be found on Council’s website or collected from the Council Office.

Nominations close on Friday, 29 November 2019 at 4pm.

Please select the nomination forms from the below list:

Citizen of the Year 

Community Event of the Year

Community Service Award

Cultural Achievement Award

Sports Achievement Award

2019 Australia Day

Australia, day, award, recipientsThis 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 and 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