Australia Day


Please note: The award nomination and grant application period for 2019 is now closed.

Every year, on behalf of the Australia Day Council, Council acknowledges and celebrates wonderful and inspiring members of our community.

Community groups in each of our towns are encouraged to create community events with the help of a $500 grant so family, friends and visitors can get together and celebrate on the day.

Along with recognising our many local contributors, we also welcome new citizens to our community with a citizenship ceremony.


The 2019 Australia Day awards ceremony is combined with an Australian citizenship ceremony and will be held at Kyneton Mechanics Institute.

We have five categories that people can be nominated for:

  • Citizen of the Year: All residents of the Macedon Ranges Shire are eligible. Nominees must be 30 years of age or over on 26 January 2018.
  • Young Citizen of the Year: All residents of Macedon Ranges Shire are eligible. Nominees must be under the age of 30 on 26 January 2018.
  • Community Achievement: This award recognises significant contributions to community life within the Macedon Ranges. The award can be conferred on an individual or a group and acknowledges:
    • service to the community
    • fundraising for a community/charity/event/project
    • conducting a successful project
    • an event or activity bringing credit or recognition to a community through cultural, environmental or sporting achievement.
  • Arts Ambassador: This award recognises an individual or group within Macedon Ranges Shire that has actively worked in and/or promoted the arts. 

All above awards can apply to significant service/achievements made in the past calendar year or acknowledged continued service to the community over a period of time.

  • Community Event: This award recognises the contribution a community event has made to civic life within Macedon Ranges Shire over the past twelve months. 

The nomination period is now closed. A report will be presented to the Ordinary Council Meeting on Wednesday 19 December 2018 with all nominators and successful nominees notified after that date.

For more information, call the Governance unit on (03) 5422 0333 or email

Events and grants

Many celebrations and activities happen in the Macedon Ranges on Australia Day.

For an early start, attend one of the many free breakfast barbecues, followed by a barbecue lunch and then complete your day watching an Australian film in the open evening air. Fill in the day by entering the 'Baynton Gift', or taking a turn at the crease at the Woodend RSL Front Lawn Ashes Match. Enjoy a pony ride, compete in wheelbarrow race or an Australian quiz show, or throw a gumboot further than anyone else.

If you're involved with a community group that's planning to hold a free Australia Day event, you can apply for an Australia Day Grant of up to $500. Applications are now closed for 2019. A report will be presented to the Ordinary Council Meeting on Wednesday 19 December 2018 with all applicants notified after that date. 

For more information on planning an Australia Day event, see: National Australia Day Council

Becoming a citizen

The Department of Home Affairs processes Australian citizenship applications. Please contact them via their website or on 13 18 80.

When approved by the Department of Home Affairs, the Department will invite you to our next citizenship ceremony. These are held about four times a year, including one on Australia Day. Family and friends are welcome and light refreshments are provided.

During the ceremony, conducted by the Mayor, you will be asked to make the Australian Citizen pledge. You will then receive:

  • a certificate of Australian citizenship
  • a pledge memento card
  • an Australian native plant.

For more information, call Debbie Peter on (03) 5422 0313 or email

Honour roll

Previous recipients of Australia Day awards are listed on our honour roll (available in Word(DOCX, 15KB) or PDF(PDF, 96KB)).