Each year on 26 January, Australians all around the country will celebrate what’s great about Australia.
Help us celebrate what’s great about our community by nominating someone you know for an Australia Day Award.
The Lockyer Valley Regional Council Australia Day Awards recognises members of our community who have made an outstanding contribution to the community, and for exceptional achievement in the areas of Sport and Culture.
Australia Day Awards and Citizenship Ceremony 2020
Boxing champion to visit the Lockyer Valley this Australia Day
Lockyer Valley Regional Council will welcome a boxing champion to the region as the 2020 Australia Day Ambassador.
Lockyer Valley Mayor Tanya Milligan said this year's Ambassador was a fitting choice for the Lockyer Valley.
"We are thrilled to announce Jeff Horn, former WBO World Welterweight boxing champion, will join us this Australia Day.
"Jeff has won numerous awards, including the Don Award, Queensland Sports Star of the Year Award and the GQ Sportsman of the Year Award.
"Jeff was a quarter finalist at the 2012 London Olympics, which was the best performance by an Australian Olympic boxer for 20 years," Mayor Milligan said.
In what's regarded as the biggest fight in Australian boxing history, Jeff famously defeated 11 times World Champion Manny Pacquiao in 2017. That same year, he successfully defended his world title against the WBO #10 Gary Corcoran. In 2018, he defeated Anthony Mundine in just 96 seconds. Just last month Jeff won an against-the-odds re-match with Michael Zerafa.
Jeff is the national ambassador for anti-bullying for AMAYDA (Australian Martial Arts Youth Development Alliance), an empowerment program developed to combat bullying in schools, as well as an ambassador for the INAS Global Games.
"Jeff has built a career on being resilient and the ability to rise above the hand he's dealt and for a region such as ours, this really rings true for so many here in the Lockyer Valley," Mayor Milligan said.
Those attending the Awards ceremony will also enjoy the opportunity to hear Jeff speak candidly about his career and achievements, when he sits down with Mayor Milligan to discuss the charities he supports, the work he is passionate about, his resilience and more.
The Lockyer Valley Australia Day Awards and Citizenship Ceremony will be held at the Gatton Shire Hall on Sunday 26 January 2020. Doors open at 8.30am with the ceremony to begin at 9am, sharp.
The region's newest citizens will also be welcomed. The day aims to pay tribute to individuals and groups who have made significant contributions to our local community or achieved exceptional results in sporting, environment or cultural endeavours.
For more information on Australia Day activities being held throughout the Lockyer Valley visit www.luvyalockyer.com.au or contact the Lake Apex Visitor Information Centre on 5466 3246.
Nominations for the 2020 Australia Day Awards have now closed.
The nomination period for Lockyer Valley Australia Day Awards is open year-round, beginning 1 February each year and closing in November of that year. This gives the community the opportunity to nominate someone at any time, possibly after a successful event or sporting achievement.
The award nomination categories include:
- Citizen of the Year
- Young Citizen of the Year
- Junior Sports Award
- Senior Sports Award
- Sporting / Community Group of the Year
- Arts and Cultural Award
- Community Event of the Year
- Volunteer of the Year
You can submit your application form by:
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Lockyer Valley Regional Council
Marketing, Communications & Engagement
PO Box 82
Gatton QLD 4343
- Council offices:
- 26 Railway Street, Gatton; or
- 9 Spicer Street, Laidley
2019 Lockyer Valley Australia Day Award Winners
Nicci has been instrumental in the establishment of Together 44341. A group that brings together community, government and educational leaders with a common goal to improve outcomes for children under 8 in the Laidley and wider community.
Nicci has built relationships with West Moreton Hospital and Health, with Early Childhood Education Centres, our Council, both local and Qld Police, Community health workers, libraries, community centres and with the parents of our region.
She established Under 5's Day in the Laidley District in 2018 and also organises the Under 8's Day and has been teaching for almost 20 years and is Head of Curriculum at Laidley District State School.
About Australia Day
On January 26 we celebrate all the things we love about Australia, it is the day to reflect on what it means to be Australian, to celebrate contemporary Australia and to acknowledge our history.
Australia Day is about acknowledging and celebrating the contribution that every Australian makes to our dynamic nation. From our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people - who have been here for more than 65,000 years - to those who have lived here for generations, to those who have come from all corners of the globe to call our country home.
Our national day provides an opportunity to acknowledge and learn about our nation's past and celebrate its future. It's a time to reflect on what it means to be Australian and celebrate the things we value land, sense of fair go, lifestyle, democracy, the freedoms we enjoy but particularly our people.