Australia Day Australia Day

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.

Australia Day Awards

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.

Nominees were named and category winners were announced at Council’s free public Australia Day Awards and Citizenship Ceremony on 25 January 2019.

Congratulations to all of our 2019 Australia Day Award nominees.

2019 Gladstone Regional Council Australia Day Awards winners are:

  • Citizen of the Year – Frank McKee
  • Young Citizen of the Year – Sidney Crawshaw
  • Arts & Culture Award – Christine Holden
  • Senior Sportsperson Award – Michael Ludkin
  • Young Sportsperson Award – Chyanne Downing
  • Sports Official Award – Kathleen Bell
  • Community Event or Initiative Award – Boyne Tannum Turtleway Artscape
  • Community Volunteer Award – Ian Anderson

Australia Day Family Fun Day

Council's Australia Day Family Fun Day

It doesn't get more 'Aussie' than Council's Australia Day Family Fun Day on January 26.

Each year family and friends can celebrate Australia Day at Council's major public Australia Day celebration.

In 2019 Tannum Sands Millennium Esplanade will take centre stage as the venue for Council's free Australia Day Family Fun Day.

2019 free Australia Day Family Fun Day
  Saturday, January 26
  Millennium Esplanade

Beach play will be a major feature of Council’s 2019 celebrations so don't forget your hat, sunscreen, sand bucket and spade, and sun-safe shirts.

The fun will include:

• Gladstone Road Runners – Australia Day Fun Run
• Thong throwing competition
• Activity zone
• Face painting
• Sand sculptures
• Sand castle completion
• live music
• 1000 free sausages
• And so much more!

Australia Day Regional Community Events

Council-supported Australia Day Community Events

In addition to Gladstone Regional Council's Australia Day Family Fun Day on January 26, Council offers donations to assist regional communities to host Australia Day celebrations in their townships.

Not-for-profit community groups and organisations in the Gladstone Region, who intend to host their own public Australia Day event, were invited to apply annually for funding assistance through Council's Donations Program - Category 3 Regional Event Support Australia Day Event.

Council-supported Australia Day community events

Builyan Many Peaks Community Development Assoc Inc
Australia Day breakfast, fun activities, entertainment and prizes.
Where: Builyan Community Hall, 11 Pine St, Builyan
When: 8am-11am

Captain Creek Community Sports & Recreation Club
Jam session, toad racing, kids’ face painting, Aussie tucker, and so much more! The fire brigade will also be in attendance for the children.
Where: 111 Murphy Road, Captain Creek
When: 1pm-4pm

Mount Larcom Ladies Bowling Club Inc
Barbecue and refreshments, jumping castles, face painting and barefoot bowls!
Where: Mount Larcom Bowling Club, The Narrows Rd, Mount Larcom
When: 10am-noon

Rosedale Rural Fire Brigade
Breakfast and refreshments from 7am to 9am, live entertainment, mechanical bull, billy karts, table tennis, and many more fun activities!
Where: Rosedale Hotel, 2 Wills Rd, Rosedale
When: 7am-9pm

South End Progress Assoc Inc
Barbecue and sausage sizzle, activities including volleyball, crab pot throwing competition, cricket, tug of war, jumping castles and much more!
Where: Golding Park, South End, Curtis Island
When: 10am-3pm

Turkey Beach Progress Assoc Inc
Free community breakfast and refreshments.
Where: Turkey Beach Hall, Worthington Rd, Turkey Beach
When: 7am-10am

Yarwun Grow Group
Free barbecue breakfast and refreshments. Aussie games, kids’ activities, jumping castles, sack races, face painting and family entertainment.
Where: Yarwun Reserve, Yarwun
When: 9am-1pm

These Australia Day community events are supported by Gladstone Regional Council to assist regional communities host an event in their township. These community events complement the main regional event held at Millennium Esplanade, Tannum Sands on January 26.