Join us at the Proserpine Entertainment Centre for the inaugural Whitsunday Australia Day Awards.
The Australia Day – Our Whitsunday Way Family Fun Day is a free outdoor event open to the public and everyone is welcome to attend. It will run from 10am-1pm and will include a Smoking Ceremony at 12.30pm to acknowledge Australia’s First Nations people.
The event will include free activities for all ages, a free BBQ and free Lamingtons (while stocks last).
Free activities include:
– Live Aussie Music
– Wildlife Meet & Greet
– Little Red Train
– Face Painting
– Jumping Castle
– Slip N’ Slide
– Craft Workshops
– Family Games & More
Australia Day Awards and Citizenship Ceremonies will be held after the Family Fun Day.
This years awards are:
Citizen of the Year – Recognising those who have made a noteworthy contribution to the betterment of the Whitsunday Region and/or given outstanding service to the local community for the past 12 months or over a number of years. Age Requirement: 26 years or older as at 26 January 2023.
Young Citizen of the Year – Recognising those who have made a noteworthy contribution to the betterment of the Whitsunday Region and/or given outstanding service to the local community. Age Requirement: 16 – 25 years as at 26 January 2023.
Senior Sports Award – Recognising the dedicated sportsperson, coach, administrator, official or volunteer whose actions inspire and encourage others to be part of a chosen sport. Age Requirement: 26 years or older as at 26 January 2023.
Arts & Cultural Award – Recognising individuals or groups involved in the Region’s rich cultural and arts community.
Environmental Achievement Award – Recognising individuals or groups who demonstrate a genuine passion for the environment and strive to improve it through conservation, preservation, protection and education.
Community Event of the Year – Recognising individuals, informal groups or formal organisations who have made a significant and beneficial contribution to the wellbeing or liveability of the Whitsunday Region through projects, activities or events in the past 12 months.
Volunteer of the Year Award – Recognising those who have made a noteworthy contribution as a volunteer in the Whitsunday region. The Volunteer of the Year Award is awarded in honour of Wally Hinschen. Wally made significant contributions as an active and valued community member to the Whitsunday region.
General admission seating will be available for the awards ceremony until seating is exhausted.