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Australia Day is the official national day of Australia and is celebrated across the Tweed on 26 January.

Australia Day is for all Australians, no matter where our personal stories began. Reflect on being Australian, celebrate contemporary Australia and recognise our history. For more on "What Australia Day is about" visit

Australia Day 2019

Australia Day Award Nominations

Who deserves an Australia Day award?

Do you know someone from your community, sporting club or school who is doing great things in the Tweed and deserves to be recognised?

Nominations are now open to recognise the achievements of members in our community. You can nominate for any of the following six categories:

  • Citizen of the Year
  • Young Achiever in Community Service
  • Arts and Cultural Achievement Award
  • Sporting Achievement
  • Community Event of the Year
  • Volunteer of the Year

So think of a friend, family member, school or local club that deserves to be recognised and make sure you nominate using the form above before close of business, Friday 16 November 2018.

Financial assistance for community events

Council is inviting Tweed-based not-for-profit organisations to apply for financial assistance of up to $300 to host community events on Australia Day.

If you are part of a local sporting club or community group that would like to host a public Australia Day event, download the nomination form to apply (106kB PDF).

Australia Day Main Event and Citizenship 2018

Australia Day Recipients 2018
Australia Day Award Recipients

The 2018 event featured the presentation of the official 2017 Australia Day Awards by the Tweed Shire Australia Day Ambassador, Mr Bill Chaffey and The Mayor of Tweed, Cr Katie Milne. The Mayor also conducted the official Citizenship Ceremony welcoming 40 new citizens to the Tweed at the main event at Murwillumbah Civic and Cultural Centre, Murwillumbah on 26 January. Read more about becoming an Australian citizen.

Recipients for the Australia Day Awards, presented on 26 January 2018, were:

Citizen of the Year

Kevin Palmer - Whose friends describe as an ordinary man and a hard worker. The Murwillumbah local is well known for conducting weekly raffles at various venues to benefit charities including Legacy, Tweed Palliative Care, Riding for the Disabled and the State Emergency Service.

Young Achiever in Community Service

Sam Smith - Has been awarded for the second year in a row to Sam Smith. In the past year he organised the second Kids in Need (KIN) School Day, and a fundraising lunch with author and former Wallaby Peter Fitzsimons. These events raised approximately $15,000.

Arts and Cultural Achievement Award

Wollumbin High School - A local high school which is becoming known for a consistently high standard of creative output. Staff and students at Wollumbin High School have won the award for their annual MADD Concert highlighting music, drama and dance performances and involving more than 150 students from Years 7 to 12. The concerts provide students with professional level experience, in both onstage and backstage roles, and have inspired a number of former students go on to seek careers in various creative industries.

Sporting Achievement

Anthea Warne - A young athlete who has represented the Tweed nationally and internationally in two different sports. At just 16, Anthea has represented Australia in surf lifesaving at the Commonwealth Life Saving Championships in South Africa and in canoeing at the Olympic Hopes International Regatta in the Czech Republic.

Community Event of the Year

Charity Cup Touch Football Tournament - The Charity Cup was run for the first time in Cabarita six years ago and is organised by a group of young men who saw a need to assist those in the community who are less fortunate. In that time the tournament has raised more than $100,000 which has been distributed to more than 40 local individuals and groups.

Volunteer of the Year

This award has been shared between two recipients, Tumbulgum Community Association President Jenny Kidd and Pat Tate from the Banora Point and District Progress Association.

Jenny Kidd - Honoured for her work in the Tumbulgum community following the March 2017 flood when she worked to coordinate the efforts of Council, Rural Fire Brigade, the SES and other organisations. Nominated twice, she is well known in her local community as a tireless worker who devotes significant time and effort to her role.

Pat Tate - Honoured for many decades of service in a variety of volunteer roles. Known for her dedication and tenacity, she was awarded Lifetime Membership to the Banora Point and District Residents Association in tribute to her service.

Last Updated: 07 November 2018