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. 

Official Program of events


Theodore Aus Day



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

2020 Photography Competition

To help celebrate Australia Day 2020 in Theodore, The Banana Shire Council invites Banana Shire residents* to enter a photography competition responding to the theme ‘Banana Shire – Our People, Our Places, Our Stories’.

We want photos that celebrate and share what you love about our Shire. Entrants have the chance to share in $380 worth of prizes!

Entry form can be found here.

Entry conditions can be found here.

Entries close Sunday 19 January 2020 at midnight.

All entered photographs will be displayed at the 2020 Australia Day Celebrations in Theodore, on 26 January 2020. The section winners will be announced on the day, and the People’s Choice results will be announced in the week following.

2019 Photography Competition Winners:

'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