Australia Day

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Australia Day




Australia Day 2018

Australia Day 2018 is fast approaching and we're putting the call out to the community to make it the most successful yet. 

We're looking for people to join our Australia Day Awards Committee and for communities who are interested in hosting our Australia Day awards and citizenship ceremony in 2018.

Australia Day Awards Committee

Each Australia Day, local residents throughout Mitchell Shire are recognised for their outstanding contribution to our community. 

This year, to help uncover more of the wonderful work that may otherwise go un-noticed, we're looking for members of the community to join the Australia Day Awards Committee. 

If that sounds like you, why not nominate for a place on the Committee and have a hand in the nomination and selection process for the Mitchell Shire Australia Day Award winners? 

For more information, or to nominate, visit the Engaging Mitchell website. Get in quick. Nominations close 14 September.

Australia Day Awards and Citizenship Ceremony Host Expression of Interest

We're also on the lookout for a host for the 2018 Australia Day Awards and Citizenship Ceremony. If you're interested in joining the celebrations, head over to the Engaging Mitchell website to submit your expression of interest. 

australia day 2017

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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