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Australia Day in Griffith

Australia Day Awards now open

It’s time to recognise our community's stalwarts, local heroes, volunteers, young people, sporting achievement and events held throughout the year.

Get along to the Griffith Showground, in Woodside Hall from 9.30am this Australia Day, Sunday 26 January 2020. 

The nominations for 2019 are:

Citizen of the Year

Cheryl Wood

Angelo Maloni

Margaret Moore

Margaret King

Young Citizen

Cadet Corporal Imreet Singh

Andria Zanotto

Junior Citizen

Johan Martinello

Environmental Citizen of the Year

Hampers of Hope

Community Project of the Year

Hampers of Hope

Griffith Historic Motor Club Inc and MIA Veteran Vintage & Classic Car Club Inc

Club Person of the Year

Richard (Dick) Hore

Leigh-Anne Johnson

Lorraine Maxwell

Gail Roslyn Colling

Anthony Salmon

Sportsperson of the Year

Jennifer Massey

Eliza Baddock

Young Sportsperson of the Year

Abby Josephine Favell

Jess Conlan

Timeeka Coleman

Wyatt Carter

Kai Suine

Sports Team of the Year

Griffith East Public School - Australian Rules Team

Murrumbidgee Regional High School Under 16 Rugby Union Team

Griffith North Boys Basketball

The winner of each category will be announced at the official ceremony which commences at 10am on Sunday, 26 January, 2020 at Woodside Hall, Griffith Showgrounds.

Australia Day Awards Winners for 2018 (awarded January 2019):

Citizen of the Year   Community Project of the Year Sportsperson of the Year
Dr Peter Calaizis Griffith Cenotaph Letica Franchi
Junior Sportsperson of the Year Sports Team of the Year Sports Council Award Overall Sportsperson of the Year
Jordan Jasnos Wade High School Under 15's Relay Team Sharyn Millis
Club Person of the Year Local Hero (Mayors Award)  
Roy Binks Roy Catanzariti  

For information about Griffith’s Australia Day Awards, please contact Tanya Aramini on 0488 064 120

If you would like to view the historic Australia Day Winners, please click here

Griffith Australia Day Working Group

Upcoming events

Griffith will celebrate Australia 2020 on January 26. 

Nominations for the annual Australia Day Awards will open November 2019. Please check back for details. 

Useful Links

Australia Day Council
Australia Day Council of NSW
Department of Immigration and Citizenship

Interesting Stats

  • 374 Australia Day Ambassadors attend 306 events (We were informed that all Ambassadors who have come to Griffith have asked to return because they enjoyed their experience in our city)
  • 800 registered events each year to celebrate Australia Day
  • 13.4 million people participate in an Australia Day event either at home, with family and/or friends
  • 55% of 13.4 million attend an Australia Day event
  • Majority of those are young people 15-40 years, especially families and new arrivals
  • 4 out of 5 people see Australia Day as more than a day off work adding it is a lucky place with opportunities, togetherness and freedom
  • 1600 people become new citizens on Australia Day and
  • More people volunteer in Australia than anywhere else in the world