Australia Day 2021
Australia Day Awards are now open!! Categories include Citizen of the Year, Youth Citizen of the Year and Community Event / Project of the Year.
We’ve been through quite a year. It’s time to celebrate and reflect on who is active in our community and who we admire.
Now is the time to take the opportunity to show your respect and acknowledge those in our community who deserve some recognition.
To make it easier that ever, there are three ways to nominate!
- Click here to apply online
- Click here to download or print a fillable PDF form.
- OR pick up a hard copy of the nomination forms from:
- Council customer service
- Wangaratta Library
- YMCA reception
- Wangaratta Visitors Information Centre.
Nominations close Friday November 6th, 2020.
Local Achiever Awards
Each year our local rural towns acknowledge their own local achievers. These awards are coordinated by each towns own Australia Day Committee. For further information regarding how to nominate a local achiever please contact your local committee member.
Recap - Australia Day 2020
Community heroes and quiet achievers have been recognised with awards on Australia Day.
Dr Warren Garrett has been named the Rural City of Wangaratta Citizen of the Year on Australia Day. Also receiving awards were Young Citizen of the Year Hayden Sampson and Community Event of the Year: 40th Oxley Bush Market.
Citizen of the Year - Dr Warren Garrett
Dr Garrett has had many roles in our community from District Inspector of Schools to Chief Commissioner. He played an integral part in shaping the rural city into what it is today, including the building of many schools, the shire offices and our current and highly fought for logo.
In recent years he is respected for his tireless contribution to both the Probus Club of Wangaratta and Wangaratta RSL.
Young Citizen of the Year: Hayden Sampson
Hayden is a 16 year old from Wangaratta who has been an advocate for education and awareness about testicular cancer.
Together with a group of mates Hayden raised $23k towards testicular cancer awareness. He is now an ambassador for the Albury Wodonga Regional Cancer Centre.
Community Event of the Year: 40th Oxley Bush Market
The historic Oxley Shire Hall and it’s grounds were a sea of red as the Annual Oxley Bush Market celebrated its 40th Ruby Anniversary on 2 November last year. A number of the 175 stall holders had participated for over 30 years while 45 were first timers.