Australia Day Awards


On Australia Day, we come together as a nation to celebrate what’s great about Australia and being Australian.  It’s the day to reflect on what we have achieved and what we can be proud of in our great nation.  It’s the day for us to re-commit to making Australia an even better place for the future. At its core, Australia Day is a day driven by communities, and the celebrations held in each town, suburb or city – unified by the celebration of what’s great about Australia and being Australian.

Citizenship Ceremony

Australian citizenship is more than just a ceremony and forms an important part of Sorell Council’s Australia Day celebrations. It symbolises our unity as a nation. It represents commitment to Australia and its people, the values we share and our common future. It also symbolises the sense of belonging to the country where we have been born or where we have decided to make our home. Australian citizenship is a shared identity, a common bond which unites all Australians while respecting our diversity.

Go to or contact Council on 6269 0000 for find out more on becoming an Australian citizen on Australia Day.

Affirmation Ceremony

Affirmation ceremonies allow Australian-born citizens to affirm their loyalty to Australia and its people—engendering a feeling of belonging to their community and building pride in their citizenship. These ceremonies have no status in law and no legal effect. Participation is voluntary.

Ambassador Program

The Australia Day Ambassador Program is an initiative that sees high achieving and proud Australians attend local Australia Day celebrations in towns and cities across the nation. Australia Day Ambassadors volunteer their time and energy to inspire pride and celebration in hundreds of local communities in cities, regional areas and in the country.

Australia Day Awards

The Australia Day awards are coordinated through the National Australia Day Council and administered by local councils throughout Australia. These awards are the highest honour a council can bestow on an individual or group for outstanding contributions to their local community.

Sorell Council’s 2017 Australia Day Award recipients are:

Citizen of the Year – Mr Walter (Wally) Croswell

Wally approached council in the 90’s for assistance to construct a walkway in Lewisham.  Wally and his friends linked a number of tracks to become a permanent walking track from Chinamans Creek to the Lewisham Boat Ramp. He then continued to maintain the track until age wearied him.

In the 60’s he was on the organising committee for the Lewisham Regatta and was MC on the day for many years. He was involved in the Sorell Historical Society for 25 years making a solid contribution. He also volunteered with Meals on Wheels plus many other groups.

Wally has made a significant contribution to the Sorell Municipality over the past 60 years.

Young Citizen of the Year – Joshua Oates

Joshua is an outstanding and well known member of the community. He attended Sorell Primary and High School and is now studying Animal Studies and Agriculture through Rosny College.  Joshua achieved his first qualification in 2016 – Animal Studies Cert 2.

Joshua has been a very dedicated and loved member of the Sorell School Farm for the past 5 years. He volunteers with Maintenance, Animal sales, Animal Nursery’s, Farm Tours, Shows and Animal Care. Joshua is incredibly generous with time, making himself available to attend more than 30 Animal Nursery’s and Farm Tours each year.

Community Group of the Year – Sorell Historical Society

Since 1993 the Sorell Historical Society members have been collecting and recording stories, photographs and artefacts that tell the story of the Sorell district.

The volunteers are experts in local history, maintain a History Room at Sorell Memorial Hall, hold monthly meetings and occasional history talks and published their own history journal.

Community Event of the Year – Sorell School Fair

The Sorell School Fair was organised by the Sorell School Association. It was a family orientated event with entertainment for all ages. The crowds that attended were from all parts of the community and beyond.

The Sorell School Association networked with local community groups, businesses and government organisations to raise funds for the fair.  Their enthusiasm and commitment to this event has received outstanding support from the community.


If you would like to be a part of the Volunteer Team working at our 2015 Australia Day event please contact Council on 03 6269 0000 or