Australia Day, January 26, is the biggest day of celebration in the country

Australia Day, January 26, is the biggest day of celebration in the country and is observed as a public holiday in all states and territories.  Australia Day is a time to ignite our National Pride. A nation of difference and unity, people from the city, the country, different nations and backgrounds; we are one people, living together. Through our diverse beliefs and experiences we learn from each other and grow together.

Australia Day today is a community day. With formal ceremonies around the country - flag raisings, citizenship ceremonies and the presentation of community awards - combined with local events and fun activities, the day belongs to the people. Celebrations now include a strong festive aspect with special events encouraging the participation of the entire family and all members of the community. On Australia Day we celebrate what's great about being Australian.  It's the day to reflect on what we have achieved and what we can be proud of in our great nation.

While the historical significance of January 26 remains, there is a greater awareness of the wish to celebrate modern Australia. It is a land of many people, but one nation. It is a young, fresh and vibrant country in one of the oldest lands on earth, with one of the oldest cultures. It is a land of extremes but also a land of harmony and of the spirit of the fair go. Australia is one of the few countries in the world to celebrate 150 years of continuous democratic government.

Australia Day Citizen Awards, Young Citizen Awards and Community Event of the Year Awards are presented annually to local citizens/groups who have made an outstanding contribution to the community.

Nomination forms can be obtained from the Loxton and Waikerie Council Office and are advertised via Councils website. Nominations must be accompanied by suitable details to assist the judging panel.

2020 Citizen of the Year nominations are now open!

Do you know someone who makes your community a better place? Nominate them now for the Citizen of the Year Awards!

Award Categories:
- Citizen of the Year Award
- Young Citizen of the Year Award
- Community Event of the Year Award
- Active Citizenship Award

This is your chance to recognise the most deserving members of our community. Your nomination could lead to someone special being recognised with an award at the Loxton and Waikerie Australia Day Celebrations.

Nominations close Friday 20 November 2020.

Please return the completed form to the District Council of Loxton Waikerie PO Box 409, Loxton SA 5333 or email Alternatively you can submit a nomination online at

If you have any questions or require assistance, please email or call Sue Schultz on 8584 8000.

2020 Citizen of the Year Application Form

2020 Citizen of the Year Award Nominations - Media Release

Loxton Australia Day Award Register

Waikerie Australia Day Award Register