Australia Day

Banana Shire Council

Australia Day

On Australia Day we come together as a nation to celebrate what's great about Australia and being Australian. Australia Day is the biggest day of celebration in the nation.

On Australia Day we celebrate the things that make our country great: the people, the land, our diversity, our sense of a fair go, our lifestyle and our freedoms. We reflect on our national journey. We commit to making our country even better in the future.

Australia Day 2020 - Theodore

The 2020 Australia Day Celebrations will be hosted by the TheodoreCommunity at the Theodore Showgrounds.  More information will be added as it comes to hand.

Australia Day Awards

These awards recognise and honour the outstanding achievements of Australians.  Shire residents and organisations are asked to support these awards by nominating members of their community in appreciation of their efforts. Award categories are:

  • Citizen & Young Citizen of the Year
  • Cultural & Junior Cultural – Artist and/or Arts Worker
  • Volunteer of the Year
  • Junior & Senior Sportsperson
  • Sports Coach, Official and/or Administrator
  • Community Group or Team
  • Community Event of the Year

Click here to download the 2020 Awards Nomination Form.  Nominations close at 5.00pm on Friday 29 November 2019.

Click here to view a list of the 2019 Nominees.

Click here to view a list of the 2019 Award Winners 

Click here to view summaries of the 2019 Award Nominees 

Any enquiries should be directed to Council's Australia Day Working Group on (07) 4992 9500 or

2019 Photography Competition:

'Banana Shire - Old and New'

2019 Australia day photo comp kassie warren

Open First Place: Old Queenslander, Kassie Warren

2019 Australia day photo comp toni o connor

Open Second Place: Cruisin' From 1965 Into 2019, Toni O'Connor

2019 Australia day photo comp hannah rideout me and you

Under 18 First Place: Me and You, Hannah Rideout

2019 Australia day photo comp hannah rideout then and now

Under 18 Second Place: Then and Now, Hannah Rideout

2019 Australia day photo comp tara parvey

People's Choice Winner: Friends, Tara Parvey