Australia Day 2019

Join us for one of our Australia Day ceremonies across the region to celebrate the achievements and contributions of individuals and organisations in our region.

The Great Australian Bites food festival will also be held on Australia Day in Airlie Beach at the Broadwater Avenue Carpark from 12pm - see you there!

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Australia Day Awards


Thank you to those who took the time to nominate individuals and organisations in the below categories. The winners will be announced at our Australia Day ceremonies across the region.

Citizen of the Year - Recognising those who have made a noteworthy contribution to the betterment of the Whitsunday Region and/or given outstanding service to the local community for the past 12 months or over a number of years. Age Requirement: 27 years or older as at 26 January 2019. 

Young Citizen of the Year - Recognising those who have made a noteworthy contribution to the betterment of the Whitsunday Region and/or given outstanding service to the local community. Age Requirement: 16 - 26 years as at 26 January 2019.

Senior Citizen of the Year -Recognising those who have made a noteworthy contribution to the betterment of the Whitsunday Region and/or given outstanding service to the local community in the past 12 months or over a number of years. Age Requirement: 60 years or older as at 26 January 2019.

Sports Administrator Award - Recognising those who through their involvement in sport as an administrator, official or coach have made a significant contribution to the growth, development and / or increased participation of their sport within the Whitsunday Region. Requirement: The person must be a duly appointed Coach, Official, or Administrator.

Senior Sportsperson Award - Recognising those who have an outstanding record of achievement in sports. Age Requirement: 19 years or older as at 26 January 2019.

Junior Sportsperson Award - Recognising those who have an outstanding record of achievement in sports. Age requirement: 18 years or younger as at 26 January 2019.

Senior Cultural Award - Recognising those who have made a noteworthy contribution to the cultural life of the community or an outstanding achievement in a cultural activity. Individuals who are creating partnerships to benefit the arts and culture of the community and/or raising the awareness and value of arts and culture. Age Requirement: 19 years or older as at 26 January 2019.

Junior Cultural Award - Recognising those who have made a noteworthy contribution to the cultural life of the community or an outstanding achievement in a cultural activity. Individuals who are creating partnerships to benefit the arts and culture of the community and/or raising the awareness and value of arts and culture. Age Requirement: 18 years or younger as at 26 January 2019.

Community Event of the Year - Recognising individuals, informal groups or formal organisations who have made a significant and beneficial contribution to the wellbeing or liveability of the Whitsunday Region through projects, activities or events in the past 12 months.

Wally Hinschen Volunteer of the Year Award - Recognising those who have made a noteworthy contribution as a volunteer in the southern Whitsunday region. (No age requirement)










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