Australia Day


 Australia Day 2021 celebrations

COVIDSafe events are scheduled to be held on Tuesday 26 January 2021 to celebrate Australia Day 2021.

St Arnaud starting at 8am with a free community breakfast in Market Square, St Arnaud followed by the Australia Day Awards presentations at 9am and finishing off with a morning tea in the Town Hall.

Stawell starts at 6pm at Cato Lake with awards presentations followed by a free community and family activities including a petting zoo, face painting and jumping castle will be available for all to attend. 

Community run events in the smaller townships are also scheduled.  Keep an eye on our social media pages and our website for more information about these events.

Marnoo 11.45am for 12 noon start luncheon at the Marnoo Hall with guest speaker (David Bush Rupanyup CFA), flag raising and National Anthem. Contac: Lois Johnson Marnoo CWA.

Stuart Mill: 7pm at the Stuart Mill Hall, supper and guest speaker. Contact: Sheryn Lloyd, Kara Kara CWA.


Australia Day 2021 Awards 

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

Awards categories for 2021

Stawell, Central and South West Wards

  • Citizen of the Year 
  • Young Citizen of the Year
  • Community Event of the Year
  • Local Hero

Kara Kara Ward

  • Citizen of the Year
  • Young Citizen of the Year
  • Community Event of the Year
  • Senior of the Year2020 Awards winners 


Kara Kara Ward

Jennifer Lanyon, Citizen of the Year with Cr Karen Hylsop and Australia Day ambassador Sally Tucker.

Belinda Burke, Young Citizen of the Year with Cr Karen Hyslop and Australia Day ambassador Sally Tucker.

Franklin (Lin) Postlethwaite, Senior Citizen of the Year with Northern Grampians Shire Council CEO, Liana Thompson.

St Arnaud Norman Simpson Memorial Pipe Band, Community Event of the Year with Australia Day ambassador Sally Tucker.

Stawell, Central and South West Wards

Lois Johnson, Citizen of the Year with Member for Ripon Louise Staley.

Melissa Sanders, Young Citizen of the Year was unavailable to accept her award at the Australia Day ceremony.

Ian O'Donnell, Local Hero with Member of Ripon Louise Staley and Northern Grampians Shire Council Mayor, Cr Murray Emerson.

Stawell Amazing Race, Community Event of the Year with Member for Ripon Louise Staley, Northern Grampians Shire Council Mayor Cr Murray Emerson, Cr Karen Hyslop and Cr Kevin Erwin.