Australia Day Awards


Australia Day Awards and Citizenship Ceremony

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.

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.

2017 NomineesTop of document.

Congratulations to a very special group of local residents who have been nominated for the City of Ballarat 2017 Australia Day Awards, including a record 78 impressive youth nominated for the Ballarat Young Citizen of the Year. 


Ballarat Citizen of the Year

Trevor Chapman

Geoff McRae

Kath Morton


Ballarat Young Citizen of the Year

Alexandra Crowe        Alia Ryan                    Artemis Munoz            Benedicta Amedgnato

Cameron Hodgson     Brody Filcock              Caitlin Crosbie            Chloe Scott

Chloe Waddell             Ella Kendall                 Jacob Rumler             Lauren Kerr

Lexi Ryan                    William Gallagher        Makealah Currie         Nyajimma Koang

Ruby Gedye                Abbakr Ahmed            Rebecca Boers           Scott Walker

Aimee Stowe               Amelia Smith              Anna Ross                  Alisha Maree Cooper

Arky Fitzwater             Ashleigh Sorrell           Ayden Drake               Britt Hardy

Bryce Gabell               Connor Prebble           Colin (CJ) Bilston        Callum Jack Parkinson

Corey Uren                 Daniel Irving                Dylan Lewis                Cooper Craig Peters

Emma Milesevic         Gabrielle Leonard       Georgia Walter            Hannah Musgrove

Harry Buck                  Hunter Armstrong       Jakob Tidyman           James Ronan

James Williams          Jasmin Muscat            Jaspa Foy                   Jordan Flower

Katie Cook                  Kellie Monger              Lachlan Furlong          Laura Edmonson

Leon Lovato                Luisa Bonazzoli           Madeline Browney      Maddison Hudson-Stepnell

Matt Martin                  Michelle Donaldson    Nathan Hucker           Mitch Marmo-Kenna

Nathan Rumler           Nicholas Collins          Nicholas Johnston      Nick Withers

Noah Ryan                  Phoebe Norris             Rachel Werhun           Rylee Love

Samuel McColl           Sarah Barklay             Tarleea Phillips           Tarni Jarvis

Thomas Lyon              Tracy Hynes               Will Bennett                 William (Will) Stephens

Yual Reath                   Zoe Hocking


Community Activity of the Year

Ballarat Community Garden Harvest Fest

Ballarat Memorial Concert Band

Civic Hall 60th Anniversary

Friends of Canadian Corridor

Inaugural Brown Hill Community Festival

Kindness Meters

Need for Feed Disaster Mt Bolton and Scotsburn Bushfire Hay Run


The City of Ballarat Australia Day Awards will be presented on Thursday 26 January, 2017 at an official presentation and Citizenship Ceremony.


Previous AwardsTop of document.

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.

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