Australia Day

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

The Australia Day awards ceremony is combined with an Australian citizenship ceremony and is held at the Kyneton Town Hall on 26 January each year.  

The awards provide the opportunity for Council and the community to recognise and celebrate inspirational people who make ongoing contributions to the shire.

Council introduced three new categories of awards for 2022 – the Connected Communities Award, the Healthy People and Environment Award and the Business and Tourism Award – which reflect the themes in Council’s new community vision and Council Plan which were developed in collaboration with local community members via the Citizens Assembly. 

2022 Award winners

Citizen of the Year

Connecting Communities

Healthy People and Environment

Business and Tourism

Dr David Gormely-O'Brien

Luke Spielvogel

Kyneton and District Soccer Club

Andrew Towner

Previous award winners



Citizen of the Year

Young Citizen
of the Year

Community Achievement

Community Event

Arts Ambassador


Amanda Gauci

Miranda Johnson-Jones

Kyneton Agricultural Society

Summer Living in Woodend

Bernadette Joiner


Lisa Richards

Georgie Garvey-Hawke

Lloyd (Neil) Pomroy

Woodend Neighbourhood House’s RU OK Day Community Lunch



Robert Renton

Shaylyn Blyth

Jessica Cockerill-Wright

Jason Azzopardi

Malmsbury Town Hall 150thBirthday Celebration

Dr Jacqueline Ogeil


Dianne Dale

Laura Crozier

Graham Boyd, Julie McLaren and Peter Mitchell


Nadine Hartnett


Judy Cope-Wiliams

Ashley Eadon

Amy Bell, Juli Robinson and Cherry Servis

Zonta International Women's Day Dinner 2016



Loraine Kraus

Sharina Mayman

Dr Frank Donovan, Deb Mitrevics and Rosemary Wilkinson

Macedon Ranges Health Colour Fun Run and Walk

Alan Stone


Adam Bourke

Hayden Muir

Shantelle Grant, Fiona Le Nepveu and Tamara Wilson

O'Pig: Newham Sculptural Pig Festival

Stephen Brockman


Roni Wildeboer

John-Joe Wilson

Eric Scoble, Emma Goodwin, Beth Hipworth, Gabrielle Martin and Luke Wren

Christmas lunch at Kyneton Town Hall

Jill Rivers


Janice Shumack

Indigo Nicholson

Michael Richardson & Phyllis Boyd

Vision Australia, Gisborne - 80th Birthday 3S Lunch

Australian Decorative & Fine Arts Society - Young Arts Program


Janet Hawkins

Andrew Beard

Jean Dixon, Eane Whitton, Vanessa Meredith, Brad Chivell, Clare McKinnon and Felicity Morley

The GREAT Gisborne Olde Time Market


Jane Crozier

Chantel Amiss

Helen Kaljdzic, Jennifer Stillman, Rita Vandervalk, Margaret and Eric Dearricott

Newham Sustainability Expo


Janet Mitchell

Sarah Gunn

Woodend Children's Park Committee and Noel Shaw

Woodend Children's Park Opening


Roger Barr

Louise Black, Kat Etwell and Jack Cooper

David Wells, Maurice Bourke and Florence Watson

Kyneton Agricultural Show


Ian Nagle

The OurS Youth Action Committee - OurShire Our Space

John Willmott

Woodend Winter Arts Festival


Larina Strauch

Jessica John

Loyola Jackson, Dianne Dale and Lachlan Milne

Kyneton Daffodil and Arts Festival 2006 and the Lancefield/Macedon Ranges Relay for Life


Stuart Price

Colleen Graham

Phyllis Boyd, Ailsa Howe andRosemary Moait


Dr Bruce Ellis

Peta Slee

Jennifer Batchelor, Clive Morton, Edith Forsyth-Cleary, Music in the Sticks (MITS) Group


Val Vallance

Kathryn Ettwell and Nicole Conway

Barry Barnett, Bob Williams and the Lancefield Junior Fire Brigade, Macedon Ranges Shire Rock Eisteddfod Team, and the Gisborne Secondary College Rock Eisteddfod Team

Events and grants

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. 

For more information on planning an Australia Day event, visit National Australia Day Council or call our Governance team on (03) 5422 0333 to find out more about the grant application process.

Becoming a citizen

The Department of Home Affairs processes Australian citizenship applications.

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