Everything you need to know about Australia Day in the North Burnett.

Australia Day is about acknowledging and celebrating the contribution that every Australian makes to our contemporary and dynamic nation. From our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people  – who have been here for more than 65,000 years – to those who have lived here for generations, to those who have come from all corners of the globe to call our country home.

The marking of 26 January is an important date in Australia’s history and has changed over time: starting as a celebration for emancipated convicts and evolving into what is now a celebration of Australia that reflects the nation’s diverse people.

Australia Day Award Ceremonies

Awards will be announced at the 2021 Australia Day celebrations held in each community of Biggenden, Eidsvold, Gayndah, Monto, Mount Perry and Mundubbera on Tuesday, 26 January 2021.

COVID Safe Events

Australia Day celebrations will operate under the COVID-SAFE event framework. Outdoor or larger venues have been selected this year for our events and all attendees will be required to complete contact tracing register on arrival. Community members are reminded to stay home if feeling unwell or displaying the following symptoms – cough, fever, sore throat, fatigue or shortness of breath.

Australia Day Baby Certificates

If you welcomed a new baby to your family in 2020, you can receive an Australia Day Baby Certificate as a keepsake.  Please complete the form below and email to admin@northburnett.qld.gov.au.

Download the Australia Day Baby Certificate Application here!

Citizenship Ceremony

Becoming an Australian citizen is one of the most important decisions for those who have chosen to make Australia their home.

Council is honoured to conduct citizenship ceremonies on behalf of the Department of Home Affairs Immigration and citizenship (homeaffairs.gov.au) and we aim to make our ceremonies a special experience for candidates, family and friends.

Our next citizenship ceremony will be held on Australia Day in Mt Perry on Tuesday, 26 January 2021 with breakfast starting at 8am and the official ceremony commencing at 9.15am. We look forward to welcoming our new citizens to the Australian Community on Australia Day.

Australia Day Awards

Say thanks to a community member or group with an Australia Day Award.

North Burnett Regional Council Australia Day Awards are the highest honour Council can bestow on an individual, club or organisation to acknowledge their contribution and service in each community of Biggenden, Eidsvold, Gayndah, Monto, Mt Perry and Mundubbera.

The awards celebrate and acknowledge the achievements and contributions of individuals, clubs and organisations who make a contribution to improving the lives of others and our community.

Nominations for the 2021 Australia Day Awards opened Monday, 5 October 2020 and closed Monday, 16 November 2020.

Award categories include:

  • Citizen of the Year
  • Young Citizen of the Year
  • Volunteer of the Year
  • Community Event of the Year
  • Senior Sports
  • Junior Sports
  • Sports Administrator
  • Senior Cultural
  • Junior Cultural

 

Regional Australia Day Awards

The inaugural North Burnett Regional Australia Day Awards have been introducted in addition to the local Australia Day Awards in each community.

The Regional Awards strive to unite the North Burnett by recognising extraordinary talent and acknowledging the valued contribution people have made to inspire and enrich the lives of others throughout our great region.

Award recipients from each local community of Biggenden, Eidsvold, Gayndah, Monto, Mount Perry and Mundubbera will automatically be considered for the Regional Awards including:

  • Regional Citizen of the Year
  • Regional Young Citizen of the Year
  • Regional Volunteer of the Year
  • Regional Cultural Award
  • Regional Sport Award

The Regional Awards will be presented at the relevant local community Australia Day Award ceremonies held across the region.

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