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Australia Day

Australia Day 2020

Commencing at 9.00am in Bungala Park, Nomanville

Family Friendly event, all are welcome

This year's Australia Day Ambassador is Dr Robert 'Bob' Irving - Veterinarian in outback Aboriginal communities

Since 1996, veterinarian surgeon Dr Irving has spent half of each year travelling to Aboriginal remote communities in the Anangu-Yankunyjatjara-Pitjantjatjara (AYP) lands in South Australia, Western Australia and the Northern Territory to treat sick animals, mostly dogs.

Funded by government Dog Health Program, Bob travels by road to many remote areas in dangerous terrain. In early days, he often had to camp out with his swag and cook over an open fire. Originally beginning in South Australia, he soon realised that dogs were travelling from interstate for sporting events, funerals and ceremonial activities, so he extended the program to communities in Western Australia and the Northern Territory.

His valuable service helps reduces the risk of transmission of the skin infections, diarrheal diseases and chronic gut parasitic infections from dogs to humans. It also controls the population size of dogs, ensures dogs don’t suffer the painful consequences of mange, and humanely removes sick or troublesome dogs from the population.


Mayor's Message

Australia Day Ambassador

Australia Day Awards

Citizenship Ceremony

Volunteer Thank You

Presentation of Community Grants

Citizenship Affirmation Ceremony

National Anthem

Traditional Lions Club Sausage Sizzle and Free Face Painting 

Australia Day 2019

Australia Day Award Recipients Australia Day 2019 Award Recipientspictured from left: Mayor Glen Rowlands, John Fretwell (Mayor's Award), Sue Miers (Citizen of the Year), Daniel Oliver (Young Citizen of the Year), Margaret Morgan (Community Event of the Year - Heritage Fleurieu Coast Festival) and Michael O'Connell (Australia Day Ambassador)

A new award - The Heritage Hero - recognises contribution towards the care of heritage places and spaces and was presented to Bob Fairchild. 

Katie Wenham was officially welcomed as a new Australian Citizen.

Council awarded 19 organisations a total of $27,000 funding through its commmunity grants scheme.


Australia Day Awards


Citizen of the Year Award

To be eligible, the person must be an Australian Citizen.

Young Citizen of the Year Award

To be eligible, the person must be an Australian Citizen under 30 years of age on January 26, 2020.

Community Event of the Year Award

This is presented to the person/group who has staged the most outstanding community event during the past year.


Each local Council in South Australia seeks nominations in their local Council area, with the award recipients typically announced at the Council’s Australia Day celebrations.

Councils can forward the details of their Award recipients to the Australia Day Council of SA to go in the running for the State Awards, presented by the Governor of South Australia.

Do you know someone who makes your community a better place?

The Citizen of the Year Awards are proudly presented by the Australia Day Council of South Australia, sponsored by San Remo, Channel 9 and Stratco. The Citizen of the Year Awards are administered by local Councils across SA.

The Awards reward and recognise individuals and organisations that have made a noteworthy contribution during the current year, and/or given outstanding service over a number of years, to a local community over and above normal employment duties.

Outstanding contribution and community service includes areas such as education, health, fundraising, charitable and voluntary services, business, sport, arts, the environment, or any other area that contributes to the advancement and well being of a community.

Nominate someone who makes a real difference in your community and give them the opportunity to be rewarded and recognised for their important contribution.

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PO Box 9

Yankalilla SA 5203

Tel: 08 8558 0200

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