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Australia Day in Griffith


Australia Day in Griffith - Friday 26 January 2018

Celebrating Australia Day in Griffith commences with the Traditional Ausralia Day Breakfast early in the morning at Pioneer Park Museum with the Australia Day Award and Citizenship Ceremony following later in the morning at the Griffith Regional Theatre.

Nominations for the 2017 Australia Day Awards are open.   

Nominations close at 4:00 PM on Friday 8 December 2017 . 

This year nominations can be made:

  1. by picking up a paper nomination form at Griffith City Council or at Griffith City Library week commencing 27 October 2017 OR

  2. Online using the links below.

Australia Day Awards Categories:

Citizen of the Year
Junior Citizen of the Year
Young Citizen of the Year
Community Project of the Year
Junior Sportsperson of the Year
Senior Sportsperson of the Year
Sports Clubperson of the Year
Sports Team of the Year


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 Griffith City Council on 02 6962 8100.

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