Australia Day – Survival Day

Uncle Rick Nelson at Australia Day - Survival Day

Mount Alexander Shire Council is proud that we host a joint Australia Day – Survival Day event on 26 January each year, where we welcome new Australian citizens and announce winners of the Mount Alexander Shire Australia Day Awards.

Australia Day–Survival Day event 2024

Council extends a big thank you to residents for taking part in our Australia Day – Survival Day community event.

The day included a moving Welcome to Country by Dja Dja Wurrung Elder Uncle Rick Nelson, a citizenship and awards ceremony, a Survival Day concert, and catering courtesy of local businesses.

Council would like to say a big thank you to everyone who performed:

  • Jason Kerr and Young Jason Kerr
  • Trace Balla and Andrew McSweeney
  • Kinja
  • Gianni Boragine
  • Allara & Olenka
  • Bart Willoughby and Fadil Suna.
  • Nalderun Women’s Cleansing Ceremony
  • Castlemaine Highland Pipe Band.

You can watch the 2024 Australia Day - Survival Day event on Council's YouTube channel.

2024 Australia Day Awards

We are to announce the recipients of this year’s Australia Day Awards that were presented at the community event in Castlemaine on Friday 26 January.

Congratulations to the 2024 winners:

Citizen on the Year – Debbie Hamilton
Young Citizen of the Year – Claire Mitchell
Senior Citizen of the Year – Barb Templar
Community Event of the Year – Taradale Mineral Springs Festival