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Australia Day Celebrations

Aust Day 2019


Australia Day, 26 January, is the day to
reflect on what it means to be Australian,
to celebrate contemporary Australia
and to acknowledge our history.


On Australia Day we celebrate all the things we love about Australia: land, sense of fair go, lifestyle, democracy, the freedoms we enjoy but particularly our people.

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. 



Nominations are closed for the 2021 awards. The winners will be announced at this year's Australia Day events. More information on these events can be found further down the page.



The Strathbogie Shire Council appreciates the collaborative partnership of our community groups in contributing to the organization of the various Australia Day events each year throughout the Shire.

The friendly team in Tourism, Arts and Culture are here to assist your community with all aspects of organising your town events. Dependant on restrictions surrounding COVID-19, it may be necessary to move the town events to an online event format which will be informed by further advice from DHHS at the appropriate time.

Whether it is Ambassadors, Awards, printing of the certificates, timelines, running sheets, funds for the event / Ambassador accommodation or how to organise and online Australia Day event if the team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



For all the information about the Australia Day Celebrations, how to organise the event and where to get help can be found in these guidelines  Australia Day Celebration Guidelines.



To run Australia Day events committees must complete an Event Notification Form.  This is a simple form that is completed online and informs Council of the basic details of your event – who, what, where, when – which will take no more than 15 minutes to complete.

To provide easy access to all information in the one spot, the process of submitting the Event Notification, Risk Assessment Plan and Event Review is available on the SmartyGrants portal here.




Each community has the chance to nominate community members and organisations that deserve recognition for their efforts throughout the year. There are four categories in which nominees can gain an award;

  • Community Organisation of the Year
  • Junior Citizen of the Year (under 15 years as at 26/01/2021)
  • Young Citizen of the Year (between 15-25 years at 26/01/2021)
  • Citizen of the Year (over 25 years at 26/01/2021)

(Cancelled) Community Event of the Year - this category has been removed for the 2021 awards due to events not being able to be held as a result of COVID-19.

All of your winners are submitted to the Councillors to select the Shire Wide award winners.



On Tuesday 26 January 2021, events will be held throughout the Shire. We will continue to update the information below.

Violet Town 

7.30am breakfast, 9am ceremony, Violet Town Community Complex, 35 Cowslip St.



9.30-10.30am ceremony, 10.30-11.20am morning tea, Jubilee Park, Livingstone St.

Guest Speaker - Bronwyn Dunwoodie

Bronwyn has lived in the Avenel are for over 25 years.  She has contributed to the community in many great ways and continues to do so.  

Bronwyn's husband, Sam Plunkett, and their children Felix and Edward all attended the Avenel School and she was on the School Council.  Bronwyn is past Secretary and member of the Upton Hill CFA, has served on the VFF Horticulture Board, and is on the Tastes of the Goulburn Committee.

Bronwyn and Sam co-founded Wine by Sam in 2012.  Sam makes the wine and Bronwyn runs the business.  In her spare time, Bronwyn enjoys Gardening and Garden Design.

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8am sausage sizzle, 9am ceremony, High Street, Nagambie.

Guest Speaker - Inspector Peter Koger

Peter has been in the Victoria Police for 31 years. He started his career working in metro Melbourne making his way up the ranks working in a number of divisions.

Three years ago, he was promoted to the rank of Inspector and is now in charge of Mitchell Police Station Area. This covers the Local Government Areas of Mitchell and Strathbogie Shires, from Beveridge to Violet Town. He is in charge of eight police stations and one hundred and forty eight police men and women.

Peter is the controller for the Regional Emergency Response for the Eastern region, covering half the State from Yarrawonga to Mallacoota. Peter is a great supporter of community policing and has a very hands approach.

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9:30am ceremony, 10:30am morning tea, 12noon barbecue, Strathbogie Memorial Hall, Main Street.

Interviews with locals about the history of Strathbogie



12noon ceremony, 1pm barbecue, RSL Park, Kirkland Avenue

Guest Speaker - Geoff Broughton

Geoff is well known as the Mt Wombat Fire Tower observer for Forest Fire Management Victoria. He has held this position since 1993 and is also a member of the CFA of 43 years

The Mt Wombat tower is one of 67 towers in Victoria and Mt Wombat works as a group with Mt Buller and Lurg Benalla, so far this season this group of three have reported 30 fires. 

Geoff has many interesting tales of his time as a Fire Tower Observer.

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6pm barbecue, 7pm ceremony, Longwood Community Centre and Recreation Reserve.


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