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Australia Day is the official national day of Australia and is celebrated across the Tweed on 26 January. For information on becoming an Australian Citizen see Citizenship.

Australia Day Award Nominations Open - Seeking Jewels of the Tweed

Nominations are open for the 2017 Tweed Shire Australia Day Awards. Award categories include:
  • Arts and Culture
  • Citizen of the Year
  • Community Event of the Year
  • Sporting Achievement
  • Volunteer of the Year
  • Young Achiever in Community Service
Nominations close on Friday 17 November 2017. To nominate click here.

Australia Day Community Events - Funding

Australia Day is a great day to celebrate with your community and there is a wide range of family friendly community events held in the Tweed on Australia Day. To find out what's on in your area visit the Calendar of Events.

Applications for financial assistance of up to $300 are invited from non-profit organisations and community groups that are interested in hosting small community events involving Tweed residents to celebrate Australia Day in their local communities on Friday 26 January 2018.

The application form is avaialble on the sidebar (right). Applications close Friday 17 November 2017.

Australia Day Main Event and Citizenship 2017

The 2017 event featured the presentation of the official 2016 Australia Day Awards by the Tweed Shire Australia Day Ambassador, Mr Iain Finlay and The Mayor of Tweed, Cr Katie Milne. The Mayor also conducted the official Citizenship Ceremony welcoming 50 new citizens to the Tweed at the main event at Twin Towns in Tweed Heads on 26 January.

Recipients for the Australia Day Awards, presented on 26 January 2017, were:

Citizen of the Year

Bill Chaffey

Young Achiever in Community Service

Sam Smith

Arts and Cultural Achievement Award

Tweed Battle of the Bands

Sporting Achievement

Kate Wilson
Matt Abood

Community Event of the Year

Kingscliff Lions Club 2016 District convention
Kids In Need Association Dragon Boat Day
Tumbulgum 150 year celebrations.

Volunteer of the Year

Mark Humphries
Shirley Kuhnell

Australia Day Ambassador’s Address 2017

A solar energy project on the scale of the Snowy Mountains Scheme was the big picture vision presented by Iain Finlay in his Tweed Shire Australia Day Ambassador’s address at Twin Towns.

The full Australia Day address can now be viewed via https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpuSnwwTMEY (Video credit: Firedog Productions)

A respected author, journalist and humanitarian, Mr Finlay said such a project could provide vast new energy supplies, hugely expanded infrastructure in the centre of the continent and significant social and economic benefits.

“If we want to survive and prosper as a nation, we’ve got to think in visionary terms,” he said.

“Every single day a kilowatt of energy falls on every square metre of land, and that sort of solar energy is being tapped by countries all around the world on a growing, increasingly economic scale.

“We are the best country in the world to harvest solar energy, so let’s get the Snowy Mountains Scheme or bigger underway.”

As part of his address Mr Finlay also reflected on the indigenous history of the Tweed.
Last Updated: 09 October 2017