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Australia Day 2018

There are many unsung heroes in our community that are not getting the recognition they deserve. It could be your neighbour, friend or family member.

If you know someone who deserves a public pat on the back for their work in our community, now is the time to nominate them for the 2018 Australia Day Awards.

We’re now taking nominations in the following categories:

  1. Australia Day Citizen of the Year: Aged 25 years and over on Friday, 26 January 2018.
  2. Australia Day Young Citizen of the Year: Aged under 25 years on Friday, 26 January 2018.
  3. Community Event of the Year: Eligible for any community group or individual who organised and ran a community event during 2017 that has encouraged community participation and social cohesion.
  4. Access and Inclusion Champion Award: This award recognises people with or without a disability working in a voluntary capacity to improve access and inclusion for people with disability within the Mitchell Shire.

Nominating couldn’t be easier. Simply head over to the Engaging Mitchell website and either submit your nomination online or download a nomination form and return it to Council.

Hurry! Nominations close at 8.30am, Monday 27 November 2017

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The Australia Day Awards and Citizenship Ceremony in 2017 was held in Pyalong.

We welcomed 13 new citizens from nine countries (Argentina, Britain, Fiji, Finland, India, Malta, Mauritius, The Philippines, and Thailand).

We also announced the 2017 Mitchell Shire Australia Day Award recipients.

  • Citizen of the Year - Ian Lee
  • Young Citizen of the Year - Ben Milgate
  • Community Event of the Year Award - The Seymour Agricultural and Pastoral Society – The Great Seymour Show Off
  • Access and Inclusion Champion Award - Sally Ferguson

Mitchell Shire Mayor Councillor Rhonda Sanderson said the Australia Day Awards acknowledged the achievements of individuals in our municipality who worked so tirelessly to make our community a better place.

“On behalf of Council, I congratulate this year’s award winners and acknowledge the nominees as well,” Cr Sanderson said.

“It is people and events like this that drive the terrific community spirit that we have across the shire. The award winners represent why Mitchell is such a great place to live.”

Australia Day is a day driven by communities with more than 780 local community celebrations on 26 January across the nation.  It is a day that builds a sense of belonging and showcases our diversity.


Ian is a committed and outstanding citizen whose long term and ongoing leadership and voluntary work has helped a variety of people and organisations within the Mitchell Shire community. His involvement with the community is through Rotary, Broadford Golf Club, Kilmore Hospital Garden Party and Op Shop and the CWA. He is an inspirational role model, whose leadership and voluntary work has helped a variety of people in the community.


Ben is a leader, mentor and a role model for other students at Kilmore Primary School especially prep to grade 2s and is busy within the Kilmore community and local area in various sporting clubs. Ben is known to give up his recess and lunch time to teach and play games with the preps to grade 2 to help them integrate into school.


Last year’s, highly commended recipient is this year’s winner. The Seymour Agricultural and Pastoral Society - The Great Seymour Show Off.  After 150 years, the organisers rebranded this event and it has become one of the Mitchell Shire’s largest annual events, showcasing the agricultural and pastural industries as well as art and photography, baking and preserves, craft and needlework and plants and flowers.


Sally has dedicated over 25 years (since 1989) spending countless hours promoting and providing support for families affected by Marfan Syndrome not only in regional Victoria but also state, nationally and internationally. She is a role model for our community and has overcome significant disabilities related to her Marfan condition to become a leader in health promotion and a significant contributor to the Mitchell Shire community.

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