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The Southern Grampians Shire Council's official Australia Day Celebrations are held annually, this year falling on Sunday January 26 2020 at the Hamilton Botanic Gardens, from 10.30am.

The program includes flag raising, performances by local musicians, Hamilton Brass and Hamilton Singers, address by Australia Day Ambassador, Christine Nixon APM, Citizenship ceremony, Australia Day Award presentations, concluding in a free community BBQ by the Hamilton Lions Club.

The wet weather venue will be the Hamilton Performing Arts Centre.

Events also take place in towns throughout the Southern Grampians Shire. The 2020 event details are below, but please note that last-minute changes may be made by each town's event coordinator- every effort is taken to ensure the following details are correct at time of publication:

Seymour Park, off Urquhart St.
Flag raising, guest speaker and free community breakfast.

5.30pm – 8pm
Heritage Park, off Henty Highway.
Free cold meat and salads, BYO chairs, picnic rugs and drinks.

Byaduk Sports Pavilion, 1 Byaduk-Penshurst Rd.
Flag Raising ceremony, guest speaker Merron Riddiford and free breakfast

Cavendish Town square, Scott St.
Flag raising by Cavendish Scouts, guest speaker Richard Beks, community awards, live music by Peter Milburn ensemble, shared morning tea and $25 'paella & pot' Bunyip Hotel lunch.

Coleraine Tourist Information Centre, Pilleau St.
Flag raising ceremony, award presentations, guest speaker John Kane, music & free Lions Club community breakfast

Dunkeld Memorial Park, Parker St.
Flag raising, local award presentations, guest speaker and free egg & bacon breakfast.

12 noon - 3pm
Glenthompson Recreation Reserve, Brady St.
Flag raising ceremony, guest speaker, roast lamb lunch & dessert.

Penshurst Botanic Gardens, Cox St.
Flag Raising Ceremony, guest speaker; Marcus Rentsch, music by Paul Sutherland, Penshurst Citizen of 2019 Award, free Lions Club BBQ breakfast and kids games.

12.00 noon
Café Catalpa
Flag Raising, Guest Speaker, Free Community BBQ Lunch

For further information please contact Council on 5573 0444 or email


Southern Grampians Shire Council welcomes community members to nominate individuals, groups and events for an Australia Day Award. If you know a Southern Grampians Shire resident who is a great asset to the region and whose contribution deserves to be recognised, or would like to highlight an outstanding event that has enriched our community, then nominate now.

Australia Day Award categories include Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year (for people aged under 25), Community Event of the Year and the Council's own Community Recognition Awards. Awards will be presented at the official Southern Grampians Shire Australia Award celebrations held on January 26 in the Hamilton Botanic Gardens.
Note: unsuccessful nominations in the Citizen of the Year category are automatically considered for a Community Recognition Award.

There are two simple ways you can nominate:

1) ONLINE FORM (Preferred method) - Please click on the link below to submit your nomination online. Additional information may be emailed to to support your nomination.

CLICK HERE to use the Online Nomination Portal

2) PDF FORM - Either save this form to your desktop, complete and email to, or print a copy and complete by hand. You can also pick up printed copies from Council offices, Visitor Information Centres or via your town's Progress Association.

CLICK HERE to download the printable PDF Nomination Form

Please return completed forms, plus any additional information or supporting evidence/images, to You may also deliver in a sealed envelope to:
- Southern Grampians Shire Council, 111 Brown Street or 1 Market Place (Locked Bag 685) Hamilton, VIC 3300.
- The Hamilton & Grampians Visitor Information Centre, Lonsdale St, Hamilton

Nominations closed on Friday 8th November 2019, but you can save this form to make notes on about the community member you wish to nominate for the Australia Day 2021 Awards!

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