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 Australia Day Awards are presented at a special presentation ceremony in January each year. Nominations for the Australia Day Awards usually open in October each year.

Nomination Categories:

Citizen of the Year (to be eligible, the person must be 27 years or older on 26 January)

Young Citizen of the Year (to be eligible, the person must be not more than 27 years of age on 26 January)

Community Group of the Year

Community Event of the Year

To be eligible all individual/group nominations must be residents and/or have significant involvement within the Municipality.

Nominations can be made via hard copy nomination form or via the online form.

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 www.australiaday.org 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. Council hosts an Australia Day Ambassador each year who plays a special part of our Australia Day event.

Citizen of the Year

2022- Diane Cusick

2021 – Michelle Pears

2020 – Saakia Itchins

2019 – Graeme Evans and Emma Keating

2018 – Marsha Batchelor

2017 – Walter Croswell

2016 – Graham Hawkins

2015 – Dennis Turner

2014 – Sue Birch

2013 – Bryan Dean

2012 – Bill Fraser

2011 – Helen Rogers and Dianne Fitzpatrick

2010 – Edith Ford, Joy Gough and Gwen Reynolds

2009 – Bruce Henderson

2008 – Peter Yaxely and Lola Phillips

2007 – Bernie Hobden

2006 – Moya Sharpe and Barbara Kregor

2005 – Christine Redden and Duncan Giblin

2003 – Judy Berry

2002 – Jenny Oates

2001 – Gwen Grundy

2000 – Joyce Reardon

1999 – June Walker

1998 – Gavin Evans

1997 – Barbara Schofield

1996 – Thomas Dunbabin and Thelma Fewkes

1995 – Theo Casimaty

1994 – Patricia Cusick

1993 – Ernest Percy Daly

1992 – Helen Ling

1991 – Francis Medhurst

1990 – Elaine Downie

1989 – Stan Mead

1988 – Edward Le Rossignol

1987 – Marj Walker

1986 – Gwen Newitt

1985 – Ailsa Scurran

1984 – Don B Gatehouse

1983 – Not awarded

1982 – Not awarded

1981 – Barry Neave

 

 Young Citizen of the Year

2022- Daniel Smith

2021 – Olivia and Madeline Lowe

2020 – Orana Bolland-Shaw

2019 – Toby Whitton

2018 – Makayla Claxton

2017 – Josh Oates

2016 – Jessica Bennetto

2015 – Ethan Reed

2014 – Beth Van De Kamp

2013 – No nominations received

2012 – Chris Beis

2011  –  nominations received

2010 – Alana Bell

2009 – Olga Nelson

2008 – Scott Ryan

2007 – Sorell High School, Eating with Friends program

2006 – No nominations received.

2005 – Dodges Ferry Primary School Tournament of the Minds team

2003 – Kristy Fletcher-Jones, Olga Nelson, Renae Stewart

2002 – Nicole Earley

2001 – Matthew Green, Micheal & Robert Jack

1994 –  Marissa Birch

1992 – Janelle Maroney

1991 – Eileen Aikenhead

1989 – Lyden Iles

1981 – Peter Fraser

 

Community Event of the Year

2022 – Sorell Community Christmas Carols (South East Salvos)

2021 – Not awarded due to Covid-19

2020  – Lantern Parade

2019 – South East Suns Women’s Football Club Truck Show

2018 – Old Mates Day

2017 – Sorell School Fair

2016 –  Youth Fiesta

2015 – Carlton Park Surf Life Saving Club – Surf Festival

2014 – Dunalley Winter Warmer

2013 – No nominations received

2012 – Forcett Hall Car Exhibition

2011  – Sorell Community Christmas Festival and Carols

2010 – Sorell 200 Years Celebrations

2009 – Dodges Ferry Farmers and Artisans Market

2008 – Samuel Thorne Reserve Opening

2007 – Dodges Ferry Primary School ‘can tabs for land mine victims project’

2006 – Denison Canal Centenary Celebrations

2003 – Sorell Memorial Hall 50th Birthday Dance – Jenny Oates & Doreen Goss and Sorell Market

2002 – Primrose Sands RSLA Club

 

Community Group of the Year

2022 – Sorell Men’s Shed

2021 – Okines Community House

2020 – Carlton Park Surf Life Saving Club

2019 – Carlton Park Surf Life Saving Club Nippers Program

2018 – Southern Beaches Regional Arts

2017 – Historical Society of Sorell

2016 – The Causeway Club

2015 – Bream Creek Farmers Market Committee

2014 – Lions Club of Sorell

2013 – Sorell Spirit Cheerleaders

2012   – Sorell on Stage

2011 – No nominations received

2010 – Sorell Men’s Shed

2009 – Midway Point Fire Brigade

2008 – Bream Creek Show Committee