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Australia Day ceremony to be held at Sailing Club

By Mark Beale

THE Whitsundays is gearing up for another fun-filled Australia Day with family activities, barbecues, citizenship ceremonies and award presentations occurring across the region on Monday, January 26.

Whitsunday Regional Council will host a citizenship ceremony and presentations for Airlie Beach at the Whitsunday Sailing Club at 4pm.

There will be other ceremonies at both Collinville and Bowen.

Australia Day awards will be presented at all events.

Mayor Jenny Whitney said Australia Day was a great opportunity for communities to get together and celebrate what locals love about our country.

Council will once again support the ‘Wally Hinschen – Volunteer of the Year Award’ which is an award applicable to towns in the south of the region.

This award was previously coordinated through the Proserpine Lions Club and it provides the community with an opportunity to recognise local volunteers who contribute significantly to the area.


Citizen of the year (26-years and older)

Older Person of the Year (60-years or older)

Young Citizen of the Year (16 to 25 years old)

Junior Sports Person (up to and including 18-years)

Senior Sports Person (19-years and older)

Junior Cultural (up to and including 18-years)

Senior Cultural (19-years and older)

Community Event of the Year (non-profit)

Sports Administrator (e.g. coach, official or administrator)

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