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Australia Day Awards and celebrations

2018 Mount Alexander Shire Australia Day Award Recipients from L-R: State Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards MP with Castlemaine Billy Cart Challenge organisers Camilo Demarco and Jane Goodrich, Grace Saltmarsh, Mayor Bronwen Machin, Maryanne Murdoch and Ken McDougall. Photo by Diana Domonkos.

Australia Day is not just a public holiday. Each year Council hosts a family event for the community to get together to recognise our Australia Day Award winners, welcome our new citizens, acknowledge our history and celebrate what it means to be Australian.

Nominate for Australia Day Awards 2019

Australia Day is a time when the greatest contributors to our community are traditionally recognised and awarded the praise they deserve. Our annual Australia Day Awards acknowledge the efforts of passionate volunteers who have made a difference in our community.

We encourage you to nominate someone in our community for an Australia Day Award 2019 Award. Categories are:

1. Citizen of the Year

2. Young Citizen of the Year (aged under 26 on 26 January 2019)

3. Senior Citizen of the Year (aged over 65 years on 26 January 2019)

4. Community Event of the Year.

Eligible Award nominees must:

• live in Mount Alexander Shire
• be an Australian citizen
• have given outstanding service to the local community over a number of years.

Nominations have been extended and will now close on Monday 3 December 2018. Recipients will be announced at a community event on Australia Day.

Nominate now! Complete a nomination form and send to info@mountalexander.vic.gov.au or post to Australia Day Awards 2019, Mount Alexander Shire Council, PO Box 195, Castlemaine 3450 VIC.

Key document

Nomination form - Australia Day Awards 2019

Australia Day 2018 activities

Community event

Council held a community event on Australia Day where we recognised our Australia Day Award recipients and welcomed our newest Australian citizens. The crowd enjoyed a free barbecue lunch and entertainment including live music, a bouncy castle and face painting for kids.

Council worked closely with Upper Loddon Indigenous group Nalderun to plan the Australia Day activities, which included a cleansing ceremony and Survival Day component led by Dja Dja Wurrung Elders.

Read the 2018 Mount Alexander Shire Australia Day Award honour roll.

Read Aunty Kerri Douglas' Australia Day speech.

Read our Australia Day media release.

See more photos below.

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