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Australia Day Awards

Each year, Hepburn Shire Council calls for nominations for local citizens and groups that have made a significant contribution to our community. The awards are founded by the National Australia Day Council and are administered by Local Government Authorities throughout Australia.

The awards are announced during the Australia Day Eve Celebration. Dependent on the current restrictions and guidance regarding COVID-19, the ceremony may be conducted virtually.

For more information about the Awards, including the eligibility criteria, please refer to the Australia Day Awards Guidance Document.

Nominations

Nominations for the 2022 Awards will open later in 2021. Nominations can be made for:

  • Citizen of the Year
  • Young Citizen of the Year
  • Community Event of the Year

    2021

    Australia Day Award recipients were:

    Recipients

    • Citizen of the Year – Philip Greenbank
    • Young Citizen of the Year – Matilda Hill
    • Community Event of the Year – Daylesford and District Horticulatural Society Webinar Series

    2020

    Australia Day Award recipients were:

    Recipients

    • Citizen of the Year – David Hall
    • Young Citizen of the Year – Lachlan Wrigley
    • Community Event of the Year – Clunes Ceramic Awards

    2019

    Australia Day Award recipients were:

    Recipients

    • Citizen of the Year – Lawrence Porter
    • Young Citizen of the Year – Ethan Brown
    • Community Event of the Year – Centenary of the Shire of Creswick Avenue of Honor at Kingston

    2018

    Australia Day Award recipients were:

    Recipients

    • Citizen of the Year – Peter Hanrahan
    • Young Citizen of the Year – Georgia Drewer
    • Community Event of the Year – The Daylesford Art Show and ARTober

    2017

    Australia Day Award recipients were:

    Recipients

    • Citizen of the Year – Valerie Lawrence
    • Young Citizen of the Year – Jacob Clarke-Demaj
    • Community Event of the Year – Mollongghip Poetry Slam

    2016

    Australia Day Award recipients were:

    Recipients

    • Citizen of the Year – Michael Cheshire
    • Young Citizen of the Year – Oscar Broad
    • Community Event of the Year – Creswick 1915

    2015

    Australia Day Award recipients were:

    Recipients

    • Citizen of the Year – Graeme Johnstone
    • Young Citizen of the Year – Molly Bedwell
    • Community Event of the Year – Love your Sister Homecoming

    2014

    Australia Day Award recipients were:

    Recipients

    • Citizen of the Year – Bob Kennedy
    • Young Citizen of the Year – Dillon Godfrey
    • Community Event of the Year awarded jointly to – 175th Anniversary Celebration of Settlement of Smeaton and Great Day in the Gardens – Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens (150th
      Anniversary Celebrations)

    2013

    Australia Day Award recipients were:

    Recipients

    • Citizen of the Year – John Walter
    • Young Citizen of the Year – Amy Harrison
    • Community Event of the Year – Children’s Booktown 2012

    2012

    Australia Day Award recipients were:

    Recipients

    • Citizen of the Year – Jane Lesock
    • Young Citizen of the Year – Matthew Stephens
    • Community Event of the Year – Creswick/Clunes Thanks to the Community

    2011

    Australia Day Award recipients were:

    Recipients

    • Citizen of the Year – Iris Jones
    • Community Event of the Year – Lyonville Inaugural Fireman’s Ball

    2010

    Australia Day Award recipients were:

    Recipients

    • Citizen of the Year – Mac Fawcett
    • Young Citizen of the Year – Joshua Gilligan
    • Community Event of the Year – Banquet@Bailey hosted by the Clunes Tourist and Development Association.

    2009

    Australia Day Award recipients were:

    Recipients

    • Citizen of the Year – Johanna Van Oostveen
    • Community Event of the Year – Creswick Hospital Auxiliary’s “It’s a Shoe Thing” exhibition