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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 Community Events - What's On

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.

Australia Day is a great day to celebrate with your community with events held at Murwillumbah, Tumbulgum, Burringbar, Kingscliff, Cabarita, Tyalgum, Pottsville and Jack Evans Boatharbour.

The application process to financially support small community events such as breakfast barbeques, sports and games, fun in the park, is under review to align with Council’s Tweed Shire Draft Events Strategy 2016-2020.

Australia Day Main Event and Citizenship 2017

The 2017 event featured the presentation of the official 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.

Australia Day Award Nominations

Nominations for the 2016 Tweed Australia Day Awards will open mid-year. Details on how to submit a nomination will be available via the Tweed Link.

Last Updated: 06 February 2017