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Australia Day 2018

All members of the community are invited to Cessnock City Council’s Australia Day celebrations on the 26 January 2018. A huge range of activities are planned including welcoming Australia’s newest citizens, recognising those in our community who do an outstanding job, sharing a bite to eat and more. Please see details of our celebrations below.

Citizenship Ceremony & Australia Day Awards

Join us at the East Cessnock Bowling Club from 10am - 12pm.

Free BBQ Lunch

Enjoy a free BBQ lunch at East End Oval, Victoria Street Cessnock from 12pm-2pm.

Mayor's Cup Twenty20 Cricket Match

Spend the afternoon watching a quality game of cricket at East End Oval, Victoria Street,Cessnock 12.30pm with the presentation at 3.30pm.

2018 Australia Day Awards Nominations Now Open

Nominations are now open for Cessnock City’s 2018 Australia Day Awards and will close on Monday 11 December 2017.

Residents are encouraged to nominate those doing outstanding work in the community.

Local citizens and organisations are invited to nominate for the following categories:

• Citizen of the Year Award
• Senior Citizen of the Year Award
• Young Citizen of the Year Award
• Community Event Award
• Sports Award
• Environmental Award
• Heritage Award
• Achievement and Appreciation Awards

Please review the 2018 Australia Day Criteria and Guidelines.

To nominate, please complete the following form: Australia Day Nomination Form 2018.

2017 Australia Day Award Recipients  

  • Citizen of the Year - Tara Naysmith
  • Senior Citizen of the Year - Ron Jackson
  • Young Citizen of the Year - Shae Panormo
  • Community Event of the Year - Strive for Autism Inc.
  • Environment Award - Cessnock Men's Shed
  • Heritage Award -  The Coalfields Heritage Group
  • Appreciation Award - Kylie Gray
  • Appreciation Award - Catherine Parsons
  • Achievement Award - Joy Potts
  • Achievement Award - Max Lewis
  • Achievement Award - Dianne Foulget
  • Achievement Award - Ruby Adamson

2016 Australia Day Award Recipients 

  • Citizen of the Year—David Clark
  • Senior Citizen of the Year—Alison Davey
  • Young Citizen of the Year—Hayden Gray
  • Community Event of the Year—Postie Bike Grand Prix
  • Environment Award—Valerie Milgate
  • Heritage Award—Abermain, Branxton, Cessnock, Greta, Kurri Kurri and Weston RSL Sub-Branches
  • Appreciation Award—Mr Gregory Lewis
  • Appreciation Award—Mr Matt Dillow
  • Achievement Award—The Smith Family

2015 Australia Day Award Recipients

  • Citizen of the Year – Dr John Holly
  • Senior Citizen of the Year – Mr Errol Jordan
  • Young Citizen of the Year – Mackenzie Pringle
  • Appreciation Award - Christine Davey
  • Appreciation Award – Cessnock Youth Entertainment Committee
  • Appreciation Award – Ms Jane Hayes
  • Appreciation Award – Kurri Division of Legacy
  • Community Event of the Year – Murray Thompson & Jordan O’Brien
  • Environmental Award – L J Hooker
  • Heritage Award – Cessnock Croquet Club
  • Sports Award – Sophie O’Brien

2014 Australia Day Award Recipients

  • Citizen of the Year - Ellena Morris
  • Young Citizen of the Year - Joel Troy and Kasey Williams
  • Community Event of the Year - Ben and Lauren Woolley - Relay for Life
  • Sports Award - Harold Clough for his contribution to the sport of bowls.
  • Environmental Award - Bryce Gibson - LJ Hooker
  • Heritage Award - The Convict Trail Project
  • Appreciation Award - Merle Pullar, Hayley Doherty, Una Reid and Maria Hardy
  • Achievement Award - Lindsay Nichols and Keziah Elliott

2013 Australia Day Award Recipients

  • Citizen of the Year - Les Beveridge
  • Young Citizen of the Year - Matthew Rees
  • Community Event of the Year - Melissa Gibson - co-ordination of successful community events for Salvation Army, Cystic Fibrosis and Breast Cancer Research
  • Appreciation Award - David Clark, Ray Foster, Marianne Lawrence
  • Achievement Award - Neil McGuigan

2012 Australia Day Award Recipients

  • Citizen of the Year - Herbert Leslie Elvin
  • Young Citizen of the Year - Emily Angwin
  • Community Event of the Year - Cessnock Rugby League Centenary Celebrations
  • Heritage Award - The Ben Ean Winery - The Old Still House
  • Environment Award - Companion Credit Union
  • Appreciation Award - Ruth Gorton, Norm and Audrey Brown, Lorraine Wilks, Alan Gray, Jack Wright, Coalfields United Amateur Swimming Club
  • Achievement Award - Myra Hill, James Price

2011 Australia Day Award Recipients 

  • Citizen of the Year Joy Laws
  • Young Citizen of the Year Sophie Hedges
  • Community Event of the Year -  Sounds of the Spectrum - organised by Maxine Baird
  • Heritage Award - Hunter Valley Wine Industry Association Inc.
  • Sports Award - Bayden Ellison
  • Achievement Award - Cessnock Woodturner’s Association
  • Appreciation Award - Tara Naysmith
  • Janette and Stephen Jackson and Stanley Neilly