Australia Day Awards

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Australia Day Awards recognise and honour individuals and groups who have made an outstanding contribution to our local community. 

The 2018 awards were presented at Horsham Rural City Council's Australia Day celebration on Friday, 26 January 2018 at Sawyer Park in Horsham.

2019 Australia Day Awards

Nominations for 2019 are now open and close Monday 3 December 2018.

Residents can nominate a person or a community event/festival they believe worthy of recognition, within the three categories.

Citizen of the Year applies to people older than 25, whilst Young Citizen of the Year is for those under 25 as at Australia Day next year.

A category is also available for the Community Event of the Year, which must have been held during the 2018 calendar year.

Nominations forms can be submitted online and are also available at the Civic Centre, Roberts Avenue, Horsham. 

The awards will be presented at the Australia Day Celebration on Saturday 26 January, 2019 to be held at Sawyer Park, Horsham.

Application forms

Closing date for nominations is Monday 3 December, 2018

2018 Australia Day Awards

  • 2018 Citizen of the Year, Ian Walter:  Ian has made a significant contribution to the community over many years.  He has been a volunteer and member of various groups and associations, demonstrating strong community involvement, particularly in the role of Chairman of the Horsham Christian Emergency Food Centre.
  • 2018 Young Citizen of the Year, Dustin Cross:  Dustin is an enthusiastic young person with a genuine interest in helping others.  He is a willing volunteer who is always happy to help out, especially at the Horsham Agricultural Society, working bees for his local football club and at Longerenong College. 
  • 2018 Community Event of the Year, 2017 Tri State Games:  The 2017 event was the bigest Tri State Games to date.  This outstanding event would not have been possible without the support of the many community volunteers that helped out.  This was the third year Horsham hosted the Tri State Games.  

For further information about the Horsham Rural City Council Australia Day awards and the nomination process, please contact Gloria McRae, Promotions Officer on 5382 9706 or