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Australia Day

Australia Day Award Nomination forms will be available on this page in late 2019, and we welcome community members to consider nominating individuals and groups who deserve recognition for their contributions to the Greater Hamilton Community.

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

The official program typically includes flag raising, presentations of Australia Day Awards, address from our Australia Day Ambassador, flag raising, Citizenship Ceremony, musical items and a free community BBQ at the conclusion of the function.

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

Events also take place in towns throughout the Southern Grampians Shire. The 2019 event details are below, please check closer to January 26 2020 for next year's celebrations:

Flag raising, guest speaker & free community breakfast.
Venue: Balmoral Swimming Pool, Swimming Pool Rd (off Natimuk Hamilton Rd)
Time: 10am start

Australia Day Celebrations followed by free cold meat and salads, BYO chairs, picnic blankets and drinks.
Venue: Heritage Park, off Henty Highway
Time: 5.30 – 8pm

Flag Raising ceremony, guest speaker; Sarah Hope and free breakfast.
Venue: Byaduk Sports Pavilion, 1 Byaduk-Penshurst Rd.
Time: 8.30am start

Flag raising, guest speaker; Snr Con. Chris Faille, Community Awards, shared morning tea, live music and $5 sausage sizzle lunch at the Bunyip Hotel.
Venue: Town Square, Scott St
Time: 9.30am start

Flag raising ceremony, award presentations, guest speaker, music & free Lions community breakfast.
Venue: Coleraine Tourist Information and Exhibition Centre, Pilleau St
Time: 8am start

Flag raising, local award presentations, guest speaker and free egg & bacon breakfast.
Venue: Dunkeld Memorial Park, Parker St
Time: 8am start

Flag raising ceremony, guest speaker, roast lamb lunch & dessert.
Venue: Glenthompson Recreation Reserve, Brady St
Time: 12 – 3pm

Flag raising ceremony, guest speaker; Peter Cook, Penshurst Citizen of the Year presentation and free Lions Club BBQ breakfast.
Venue: Penshurst Botanic Gardens.
Time: 8.30am start.

Flag raising and free BBQ breakfast.
Venue: Tarrington Community Park
Time: 8.30am start

For further information please contact Council on 5573 0444 or email

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