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Australia Day in Griffith


Australia Day in Griffith - Friday 26 January 2018

Celebrating Australia Day in Griffith commences at 7am with the Traditional Ausralia Day Breakfast at Pioneer Park Museum. The Australia Day Award and Citizenship Ceremony will begin later in the morning at the Griffith Regional Theatre at 9:30am.

Nominations for the 2017 Australia Day Awards are CLOSED.   

Australia Day Awards Nominees:

Citizen of the Year 

Toni Howard
Margaret Gandy
Dr Narayanan Jayachandran
Dr Peter Calaizis
Ross Catanzariti

Junior Citizen of the Year 

Jade Earl

Young Citizen of the Year  

Daniella Collison

Community Project of the Year 

Griffith’s Biggest Lap
Yambil Hub

Junior Sportsperson of the Year

 Alex Robinson, Soccer
Claire Murray, Cricket
Isaac Testoni, Basketball
Mitch Landini, Futsal
Wil Donaldson, Swimming
Carla Vonnida, Multiple Sports
Blake Argus, AFL
William Charles, Rugby League
Jenna Richards, AFL
Abby Favell, AFL
Blake Wood, Rugby League
Apenisa Driti, Rugby League
Lawrence Salvestro, Archery
Callan Butcher, Dirtrack Motorbike
Dean Bennett, Cricket
Nathan Rowley, Archery (ineligible)

Senior Sportsperson of the Year 

Dean Gorman, Jiu-Jitsu
Elizabeth Heffer, Jiu-Jitsu
Jenny Massey, Cycling

Sports Clubperson of the Year 

Gordon Brown, Cricket
Veronica Cudmore, Little Athletics
Ben Pawson, Archery

Sports Team of the Year 

Girls Under 12 Demons Representative Basketball
Griffith Under 15 Representative Netball
Griffith Masters Women’s Hockey Team
Griffith Under 16 Representative Cricket


The winner(s) of every category will be announced at the Awards Ceremony on Australia Day.

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

Griffith Australia Day Working Group

2016 Winners

Citizen Of The Year: Giovanni (John) Casella

Young Citizen of the Year: Megan Beecher

Community Project Of The Year: Stars of Griffith - Dance for Cancer

Junior Sportsperson Of The Year: Nathan Rowley

Senior Sportsperson Of The Year: Peter Budd

Team Of The Year: Hanwood Football Club - U12's Team

Club Person Of The Year - Dual: Matt Curran and Mark Feltracco

Overall Sportsperson Of The Year: Nathan Richards

2015 Winners

Junior Citizen of the Year

Claire Murray

Young Citizen of the Year Alexandra Cox
Citizen Of The Year   Sheila Brady
Community Project Of The Year   Care Alert – Lions Club of Griffith
Junior Sportsperson Of The Year Sally Groat – Dressage
Senior Sportsperson Of The Year Carmela Naseby - Karate
Team Of The Year     Griffith Golf Club Ladies Holden Scramble Team
Club Person Of The Year        Peter Budd – Cycling
Overall Sportsperson Of The Year Glen Castellaro - Shooting



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