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 Award-winnersTop of document.

In 2017, 81 remarkable individuals and 7 great events were nominated by community members.


Congratulations to the City of Ballarat Australia Day Award-winners:


Ballarat Citizen of the Year – Kath Morton

Kath Morton has been recognised for her lifetime of community work, most notably her work to improve the lives of refugees and asylum seekers in Australia. Kath is a foundation member of Ballarat Rural Australians for Refugees; she organises regular visits to people detained at Melbourne Immigration and Transit Accommodation in Melbourne, raises funds for the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre and lobbies the Federal Government seeking changes to refugee policy. Kath’s award is recognition of her commitment to multi-culturalism and the value of diversity; and her contribution more broadly through involvement with; the social arts project ‘Rebel Elders’, the Ballarat Interfaith group and the Bereavement Team of St Patrick’s Cathedral.


Ballarat Young Citizen of the Year – Chloe Waddell

Chloe Waddell began raising funds for charity when she was just four years old. In the years since she has volunteered her time and raised funds for numerous causes and not for profit organisations including: Red Cross, Salvation Army, Daffodil Day, Royal Melbourne Children’s Hospital, Relay for Life, MS, Clean-up Australia, tree planting, SecondBite food delivery program and the Bali Children’s Project, spending two weeks in Bali donating goods to schools, kindergartens and orphanage at her own expense. Chloe works to improve the situation of others and is an outstanding example of how that can be an exciting and fulling way of life.


Ballarat Community Event of the Year - Inaugural Brown Hill Community Festival

In October last year hundreds of people gathered at the Brown Hill Recreation Reserve to enjoy the Inaugural Brown Hill Community Festival. It was a celebration of all that is great about being part of the Brown Hill Community. Fifteen local not for profit, sporting and activity groups took part in the community-building event; strong connections and relationships were established, and performances by local children were a highlight.


Congratulations to all nominees of the 2017 City of Ballarat Australia Day Awards.

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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