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.
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.