Australia Day Awards


Australia Day Awards and Citizenship Ceremony

Tuesday 26 January 2016

Every year, the City of Ballarat Australia Day Awards are presented to the Ballarat Citizen of the Year, Ballarat Young Citizen of the Year and Community Activity of the Year, recognising their positive contribution to the local community.

In 2016, 16 remarkable individuals and 4 great events were nominated by community members. Named at a ceremony on Australia Day, the 2016 City of Ballarat Australia Day Award-winners are:

Ballarat Citizen of the Year

Annie Jean Smail

Annie is a very active resident and her many community roles include serving as the Director of the Ballarat Bridge Club. She is a Charter member of Zonta Club of Ballarat, a foundation member of Ballarat Epicurean Wine and Food Society, and an Interiors Committee member at Sovereign Hill. Annie is also a member of the National Trust, Organs of the Goldfields (since 1994), Ballarat City Heritage Advisory Committee, Art Gallery of Ballarat, and Ballarat Arts Council.

Ballarat Young Citizen of the Year

Brayden Dorney

Brayden is the director of the SJD Foundation, which owns the Delacombe community house, home to a local young mums program. Working closely with Child and Family Services (CAFS) Ballarat, he has helped ensure the foundation continues to give 100% of all funds raised back to community.

Ballarat Community Activity of the Year

Ballarat International Foto Biennale

Run by a not-for-profit association run by volunteers, the Ballarat International Foto Biennale is a premier photography event. On exhibit at 7 major and 80 smaller venues, more than 60,000 people visited the event which was open for a month across Ballarat.

Congratulations to all nominees of the 2016 City of Ballarat Australia Day Awards:

Ballarat Citizen of the Year– John Maloney; Alice & Bert Van der Heyden; and Russell Williams.

Ballarat Young Citizen of the Year– Samantha Bennetts, Sam Brown, Andrew Day, Kairlin Eden, Lamourette Folly, Corey Loader, Steffi Patience, Tarlee Phillips, Lucy Stoel and James Tung.

Ballarat Community Activity of the Year– Food is Free Laneway Ballarat, Harmony Fest and Rebel Elders.

The Australia Day Awards are provided by the Australia Day Committee (Victoria) and are administered by Local Government Authorities throughout Australia on behalf of the Council.


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 The 2015 Australia Day Awards and Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony were held on 23 January.

Congratulations to our 2015 City of Ballarat Australia Day Award winners : 

Citizen of the Year - Charles Zhang
Young Citizen of the Year - Tyarna Brookes
Community Event of the Year - Harmony Fest. 

Aus Day Awards


Congratulations to all nominees.


The achievements of past winners have included:

  • Community work through service organisations such as Rotary Club, Apex and Lions Clubs
  • Membership in Youth Council and other youth orientated groups
  • Organisation of community events for particular sectors of the Ballarat community
  • School Captains
  • Presidents of Community Groups
  • Public speaking awards
  • Activities to increase fitness levels and awareness of health related issues by the Ballarat community
  • Tourism related activities in Ballarat
  • Raising funds for worthwhile causes
  • Providing both formal and informal counselling services
  • Working with elderly members of the community

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