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.
2019 Citizen of the Year Nominees and Mayor Nev Ferrier
Australia Day Awards
Each year Banana Shire Council hosts the Australia Day Awards to recognise the exceptional contributions, leadership and achievements within the Shire. Nominations are now open for the 2021 Banana Shire Australia Day Awards.
- Nominations may be submitted by individuals, groups or organisations. Self nominations are also accepted.
- Nominations are recieved via the dedication nomination form, available for download below.
Nominations Close: 5:00pm Friday 20 November 2020
Awards Ceremony: 26 January 2021, Banana Sports and Recreation Grounds (details TBC)
|Citizen of the Year||Recognising exceptional contribution, leadership or achievement by individuals aged 19 years or older at 26 January 2021.|
|Young Citizen of the Year||Recognising exceptional contribution, leadership or achievement by young individuals aged 18 years or under at 26 January 2021.|
|Cultural||Recognising exceptional contribution and achievement by individuals within the arts and cultural sector aged 19 years or older at 26 January 2021.|
|Junior Cultural||Recognising exceptional contribution and achievement by young individuals within the arts and cultural sector aged 18 years or under at 26 January 2021.|
|Volunteer of the Year||Recognising the contribution and dedication of volunteers within the Shire. Nominations may be for an individual of any age.|
|Senior Sportsperson||Recognising exceptional sporting achievement by individuals aged 19 years or older at 26 January 2021.|
|Junior Sportsperson||Recognising exceptional sporting achievement by young individuals aged 18 years or under at 26 January 2021.|
|Sports Coach, Official, and/or Administrator||Recognising the contribution and leadership of individual sports coach, officials or administrators of any age.|
|Community Group or Team||Recognising exceptional contribution and achievement of local community groups and teams. 50% of members must reside within the Banana Shire.|
|Community Event of the Year||Recognising the success of local community led, public events throughout the Banana Shire. Events must be held between November 2019 - November 2020.|
How to Nominate
Enquiries and Assistance
For further information regarding the Banana Shire Australia Day celebrations or for assistance in completing a nomination, please contact Council's Australia Day Working Group.
Phone: 07 4992 9500
Where Are They Now?
Below we are showcasing previous Australia Day Awards recipients as part of our ‘Where Are They Now?’ campaign to demonstrate the value the Awards Program brings to our community. Follow the stories to read about all of the things our home grown heroes have achieved since winning their awards.
Click on the images below to read more about each award recipient:
Australia Day 2021 - Banana
Each year the official Banana Shire Australia Day celebrations are hosted in a different town throughout the Banana Shire on Australia Day, 26 January. Banana Shire Council works with this community to host the Australia Day Awards ceremony and a fun day out for families.
In 2021 the Banana community will host the Shire's official Australia Day celebrations. Keep an eye out for adveritising as the details for this event are confirmed. All nominees are invited to attend the Awards ceremony and will be recognised for their nomination with a certificate.
Theme: Beauty in the Old
Entries Close: 11:59pm Sunday 10 January 2021
Sections: Open, Under 18
Open to Banana Shire Residents only (or those who consider a Banana Shire town their closest/main locality)
Australia Day 2020 - Theodore
Congratulations to the Theodore Community on hosting the official 2020 Banana Shire Australia Day celebrations at the Theodore Showgrounds.
Above: 2020 Citizen of the Year Di Morris pictured with Mayor Nev Ferrier
Above: 2020 Young Citizen of the Year Ameliija Swaffer-Selff with Mayor Nev Ferrier