Australia Day, celebrated on January 26, is observed as a public holiday in all States and Territories to enable residents to celebrate what's great about Australia and being Australian. It's a day to be proud and reflect on what this nation has achieved and re-commit to making an even better place for future generations.
Council hosts its annual Australia Day Awards and Citizenship Ceremony on the eve of Australia Day to recognise and reward members of the local community who have a consistent record of excellence, have made outstanding achievements in their field, and/or have contributed significantly to the growth and development of sport, community events, arts and cultural life in the region.
Nominations for Gladstone Regional Council's 2019 Australia Day Awards are now closed.
Awards will be judged in eight categories including:
• Citizen of the Year
• Young Citizen of the Year
• Arts & Culture Award
• Senior Sportsperson Award
• Young Sportsperson Award
• Sports Official Award
• Community Event or Initiative Award
• Community Volunteer Award
All nominees will be named and category winners will be announced at Council’s free public Australia Day Awards and Citizenship Ceremony on 25 January, 2019 at the Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre at 6pm.
Council's Australia Day Family Fun Day
Water play was a major feature of Council’s 2018 celebrations with the event to include various water play and children’s activities, live music, bush poetry, a celebrity barbecue cook-off, flag raising ceremony, 1000 free sausages and more.
Council-supported Australia Day Community Events
In 2018 Council-supported Australia Day regional events were held on Friday, January 26.