Australia Day


Australia Day 2022

Council assists the Australia Day Committee (Victoria) to celebrate Australia Day at the local level through Australia Day events and local government awards that provide an important opportunity to acknowledge local achievers for their outstanding contributions. 

Nominations for 2022 Australia Day awards are now CLOSED

The awards that aim to recognise the contributions of members of our communities will be presented at the annual Australia Day celebrations held on Wednesday, 26 January 2022 in Stawell and St Arnaud.

Australia Day Ambassadors 2022

The Australia Day Ambassadors for 2022 are: -

St Arnaud - Ms Tonia Todman

Stawell - Mr Tony Cavanagh

Itinerary for the St Arnaud Australia Day Event

8am - Free Community Breakfast in Market Square, courtesy of Rotary and Lions Clubs of St Arnaud

9am - Official Australia Day Awards Ceremony and Flag Raising Ceremony, followed by morning tea in the St Arnaud Town Hall, courtesy of The Friends of the Queen Mary Gardens, St Arnaud.

Itinerary for the Stawell Australia Day Event

6pm - Official Australia Day Awards Ceremony at Cato Park, followed by an Australian Citizenship Ceremony.  A free Community BBQ will be available, courtesy of Stawell Woolworths Supermarket and the Rotary Club of Stawell.  There will also be family activities for everyone to enjoy.

Australia Day Events Around the Shire


9am - Community Park, High Street Navarre
Morning commences with a flag raising ceremony
Guest Speaker - Sue Watson, CEO Corinella Farms
Free community breakfast to follow
In conjuction with Northern Grampians Shire Council, Navarre Historical Society, Navarre Progress Association
Further details - Leonie Bibby 0439 753 344


12noon - Marnoo Hall
Afternoon will commence with a flag raising ceremony 
Guest Speaker - Troy Hendy
Free community lunch served in the Marnoo Hall
Bookings not essential but would be appreciated
Further details - Lois Johnson 0400 715 080

Stuart Mill

7pm - Stuart Mill Hall
Guest Speaker
Supper provided after official proceedings
Further details - Sheryn Lloyd 0409 428 572

COVID Safe Plan for Australia Day Events

Anyone attending either the St Arnaud or Stawell Australia Day Events will be required to sign in by QR Code or written contact details. There will be a COVID Marshall available to help with check-ins. Wearing face masks outdoors is not mandatory, but is strongly recommended if you are unable to adhere to density rules.
These arrangements could change at a moment's notice, due to COVID regulations.

For any community members unable to attend the Australia Day events, both the St Arnaud and Stawell events will be livestreamed via the Northern Grampians Shire Facebook page.

Award winners Australia Day 2021

Awards were presented to the following recipients on Tuesday 26 January 2021 at the Australia Day celebrations in St Arnaud and Stawell.

Kara Kara Ward

Citizen of the Year - Troy Hendy
Senior Citizen of the Year - Gordon Wright
Young Citizen of the Year - Callum Edwards
Community Event of the Year - St Arnaud Young Farmers

Stawell, Central and South West Wards

Citizen of the Year - Ian and Margaret Taylor
Local Hero - Kerry Wilson
Young Citizen of the Year - Taia Hayter
Community Event of the Year - Stawell Regional Health Y-Zetts


Kara Kara Ward

St Arnaud Citizen of the Year-Troy Hendy
Tianna Hendy accepted on behalf of Troy Hendy, Citizen of the Year with Northern Grampians Shire Council Mayor, Cr Murray Emerson.

St Arnaud Young Citizen of the Year-Callum Edwards
Callum Edwards, Young Citizen of the Year with Cr Lauren Dempsey.

St Arnaud Senior Citizen of the Year-Gordon Wright
Gordon Wright, Senior Citizen of the Year with Cr Trevor Gready. 

St Arnaud Community Event of the Year-St Arnaud Young Farmers
St Arnaud Young Farmers, Community Event of the Year.

Stawell, Central and South West Wards

Stawell Citizens of the Year-Ian and Margaret Taylor

Ian and Margaret Taylor, Citizens of the Year with Cr Kevin Erwin and Member for Ripon Louise Staley.

Stawell Young Citizen of the Year-Taia Hayter
Taia Hayter, Young Citizen of the Year with Cr Lauren Dempsey.

Stawell Local Hero-Kerry Wilson
Kerry Wilson, Local Hero of the Year with Cr Lauren Dempsey.

 Stawell Community Event of the Year-Stawell Y-Zetts
Stawell Regional Health Y-Zetts, Community Event of the Year with Cr Trevor Gready.