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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

The 2016 event featured the presentation of the official Australia Day Awards by the Tweed Shire Australia Day Ambassador, Mr George Ellis and The Mayor of Tweed, Cr Katie Milne. The Mayor also conducted the official Citizenship Ceremony welcoming 39 new citizens to the Tweed at the main event at Kingscliff High School on Tuesday 26 January.

Nominations for Australia Day Awards

Nominations for Australia Day Awards are called in November each year and advertised in the Tweed Link. Award categories include:
  • Citizen of the Year
  • Young Achiever in Community Service (under the age of 25 years on 26 January)
  • Arts and Cultural Achievement Award*
  • Sporting Achievement Award*
  • Community Event of the Year
  • Volunteer of the Year
*An individual, group or team can be nominated for the Arts and Cultural Achievement or Sporting Achievement Awards.

Recipients for the 2015 Australia Day Awards, presented on 26 January 2016, were:

CITIZEN OF THE YEAR

Fay Gleave

YOUNG ACHIEVER IN COMMUNITY SERVICE

Elizabeth Kirk

ARTS AND CULTURAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Stokers Siding/Dunbible Memorial Hall - '15 Minutes of Fame'

SPORTING ACHIEVEMENT

Max Bryant

COMMUNITY EVENT OF THE YEAR

Quota International of Tweed Heads/Coolangatta Inc. - '2015 Remembrance Day Poppies Project'

VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR

Kenneth (Mark) Eglington

Australian of the Year Awards 2017

It's time to focus on Australians who are worthy of attention by nominating them for the 2017 Australian of the Year Awards.

People in our community are already recognised with local awards throughout the year and on Australia Day, but why not also nominate them for an Australian of the Year Award. It's a great way to acknowledge someone's work and it's your chance to share their story - you never know it could be your nomination that finds the next Australian, Senior, Young Australian of the Year or Local Hero.

It's easy to nominate, just visit "Australian of the Year Awards" website before 7 August 2016.

Australia Day Committee

The Australia Day Committee assist Council in the coordination of the Australia Day Awards and main ceremony. For more information about the Australia Day Committee please read the Australia Day Advisory Committee - Terms of Reference (57kB PDF) or see Council Committees.
Last Updated: 21 June 2016