Please note: The opening period for the Australia Day award nominations and grant applications has been extended to midnight, Sunday 8 November.
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.
The Australia Day awards ceremony is combined with an Australian citizenship ceremony and is held at Kyneton Town Hall.
There are five categories that you can nominate people for.
The Citizen, Young Citizen, Community Achievement and Arts Ambassador 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.
Nominations open Monday 14 September and will close Sunday 8 November 2020 at midnight. (Please note that the closing date was extended from Friday 30 October.) A report will be presented to the Council Meeting on Wednesday 16 December 2020 with all nominators notified after that date.
For more information, call the Governance unit on (03) 5422 0333 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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 2021.
Young Citizen of the Year
All residents of Macedon Ranges Shire are eligible. Nominees must be under the age of 30 on 26 January 2021.
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.
This award recognises an individual or group within Macedon Ranges Shire that has actively worked in and/or promoted the arts.
This award recognises the contribution a community event has made to civic life within Macedon Ranges Shire over the past 12 months.
Many celebrations and activities happen in the Macedon Ranges on Australia Day.
If you're involved with a community group that's planning to hold a free Australia Day event, you can apply for a grant of up to $500.
Applications open Monday 14 September and will close on Tuesay 3 November. A report will be presented to the Ordinary Council Meeting on Wednesday 16 December 2020 with all applicants notified after that date.
For more information on planning an Australia Day event, see: National Australia Day Council
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 email@example.com
Previous recipients of Australia Day awards are listed on our honour roll(DOCX, 22KB) / honour roll(PDF, 294KB).