A bit about this event
HUNTERS HILL RESIDENTS ARE INVITED TO ATTEND A CELEBRATION HOSTED BY THE MAYOR OF HUNTERS HILL AT THE TOWN HALL. THIS WILL COMMENCE AT 9:00 AM AND FINISH AT 11:00 AM.
Australia Day is for all Australians, no matter where our personal stories began. Reflect on being Australian, celebrate contemporary Australia and recognise our history.
The marking of 26 January is an important date in Australia’s history and has changed over time: starting as a celebration for emancipated convicts and evolving into what is now a celebration of Australia that reflects the nation’s diverse people.
The event will feature Hunters Hill Awards recognizing outstanding achievement by locals in a range of categories.
CITIZEN OF THE YEAR AWARDS
The Citizen of the Year Award is predominantly run by local government across the states of Australia. It is a program rewarding community service at a local level and is administered through a nomination program, which is assessed by a local selection committee and/or Councillors, and Awards in the form or certificates and prizes are awarded at official Australia Day functions.
Award categories may include:
Citizen of the Year
Sportsperson of the Year
Senior Citizen of the Year
Student of the Year – this is determined by the administering local government organisation.
An address by the Australia Day Ambassador.
Citizenship ceremony to welcome new Australians taking out citizenship.
Australian citizenship is more than just a ceremony and forms an important part of Australia Day celebrations. More than 16,000 people choose Australia Day to become an Australian citizen.
Australian citizenship symbolises our unity as a nation and represents commitment to Australia and its people, the values we share and our common future. It also symbolises the sense of belonging to the country where we have been born or where we have decided to make our home.
Citizenship ceremonies have both personal and legal dimensions. Citizenship brings with it significant rights and responsibilities, including the right to vote, stand for public office, and travel on an Australian passport.
Citizenship ceremonies are generally conducted by local government councils and can be held on Australia Day as part of the program of events.