Australia Day 2023

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Join your neighbours and other residents of the Western Downs in celebrating our fantastic country on Australia Day, Thursday 26 January 2023. All across our region you can find events, activities and celebrations which aim to recognise, celebrate and reflect on our great achievements and reconnect with what it means to be Australian.

See a full list of regional events taking place on Australia Day 2023 below

Chinchilla

Chinchilla Botanic Parkland

Australia Day Breakfast From 7:00am
Awards Ceremony From 8:00am
Family Fun Activities From 9:00am

Family Fun Activities

  • Live music
  • Brigalow Bush Carnival
  • Giant Games
  • FREE Museum Train Rides
  • Face Painting
  • Crafts
  • Inflatables

 

Dalby

Thomas Jack Park

Australia Day Breakfast From 7:00am
Family Fun Activities From 9:00am
Awards Ceremony From 9:30am
Citizenship Ceremony From 11:00am

Family Fun Activities

  • Live Music

  • Inflatables

  • Games

  • Rock Climbing

  • Laser Skirmish

  • Market Stalls

     

 

Jandowae

Jandowae Athlone Cottage

Australia Day Breakfast From 7:30am
Awards Ceremony From 8:30am
Live Music

Miles

Miles Golf Club

Australia Day Breakfast From 7:00am
Awards Ceremony From 8:00am
Family Fun Activities From 9:00am

Family Fun Activities

  • Live Music
  • Inflatables
  • Giant Games
  • Bush Carnival Games
  • Market Stalls

Tara

Tara Bowls Club

Australia Day Breakfast From 8:30am
Family Fun Activities From 9:00am
Awards Ceremony From 10:00am

Family Fun Activities

  • Trackless Train
  • Children Chair-o-plane
  • Face Painting

 

Wandoan

Juandah Heritage Site

Australia Day Breakfast From 7:00am
Awards Ceremony From 8:30am
Live Music

 

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Australia Day Ambassadors

Across the nation, Australia Day Ambassadors volunteer their time and energy to inspire pride and celebration in hundreds of local communities. Australia Day Ambassadors are past recipients of the Australian of the Year Awards, sportspeople, scientists, business people, actors and community workers who provide inspiration and pride to Australia Day events.  

Chinchilla

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Habib Jamal
President, Queensland Muslims Inc

Habib is the President of the Queensland Muslims Inc and the Chairperson of the Community Leaders Group. In 2020, he was appointed to the executive committee of the Queensland Faith Communities Council.

Habib has led multiple projects including fundraising for bushfire recovery, creating training opportunities for youth, and working jointly with other religions during COVID-19 to develop plans for Places of Worship. He is the Multicultural Ambassador for Mental Health Foundation Australia and continues his ongoing charity work and fundraising for communities.

He works towards the goal of unifying the very diverse Muslim community and supporting others in need.

Dalby

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Assistant Professor Nick Marshall OAM
Founder, Albatross Nippers

Nick was awarded the 2020 Australian of the Year Local Hero for Queensland in recognition of his work in creating the country's first ever inclusive surf lifesaving nipper program, the Albatross Nippers. A program that not only has spread across the state and country but has spread to other areas of the world. This program also led to Nick being awarded a 2020 Churchill Fellowship.

Nick is an Assistant Professor of Physiotherapy and the Sports Physiotherapist for Swimming Australia, Boxing Australia and The Australian Surf Lifesaving Team, to name a few. He is also the President of the Australian Physiotherapy Association in Queensland.

Miles

Ross McKinnon AM
Retired Curator-in-Charge, Brisbane Botanic Gardens

Ross is the retired Curator-in-Charge of the Brisbane Botanic Gardens at Mt Coot-tha, a position he held for a record 31 years. Internationally regarded as one of the world’s leading sub-tropical botanic gardens, it features significant plant collections including the world’s largest representative collection of Australian native rainforest plants.

In June 2014, Ross was awarded the Paul Harris Fellowship by the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International in appreciation of tangible and significant assistance given for the pursuit of better understanding and friendly relations among peoples of the world.

Tara

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Bruce Morcombe OAM and Denise Morcombe OAM

Co-founders, Daniel Morcombe Foundation

Following the abduction and murder of their son Daniel in 2003, Bruce and Denise Morcombe committed to making communities a safer place for children. The establishment of the Daniel Morcombe Foundation in 2005 highlighted their goal to educate young people about how to stay safe in physical and online environments while supporting young victims of crime in their often-harrowing journey to recovery.

While some people would have been destroyed by losing a child, Bruce and Denise have embraced the desire to ensure other children don’t suffer Daniel’s fate, that parents and carers are informed and that young people themselves know the signs and what do to do if they find themselves in potentially dangerous situations.

Bruce and Denise’s personal commitment to the safety of children was recognised when they were named joint Queensland Australian of the Year recipients in 2012 and by the Medal of the Order of Australia awarded to them in 2013. They are also Child Safety Ambassadors, and through the foundation have delivered important safety education to Queensland and the nation. They were named Queensland Greats in 2020.

Wandoan

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Dr Tim Baker
Managing Director, WINNERS-at-WORK Pty Ltd

Dr Tim Baker is a successful author, thought leader and international consultant, and is the managing director of WINNERS-at-WORK Pty Ltd, which specialises in leadership development and performance. Tim has written sixteen books, including his latest, WINNING TEAMS: The Eight Characteristics of High-Performing Teams.

He was voted in the 50 Most Talented Global Training and Development Leaders (World HRD Congress), a finalist in the Learning Professional of the Year (Asia Pacific Institute of Learning Professionals), listed in the Top 10 Change Management Consulting Services Companies in APAC 2020 (HR Tech Outlook), named in the 20 Australian Leadership Experts to Watch in 2021 (The Australian Business Journal) and named in the top 10 Emerging Change Management Companies 2021 (Manage HR Magazine).

 

 

What does Australia Day mean?

 

Australia Day Awards

The Western Downs Regional Council Australia Day Awards are presented annually and recognise those outstanding persons or groups who make a real contribution and difference to the communities of the Western Downs. These prestigious awards are one of the highest honours a Council can bestow to publicly acknowledge those in the community who are making an outstanding contribution.

Find out more about this year's Australia Day Awards.

  

When

  • Thursday, 26 January 2023 | 07:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Location

ChinchillaDalbyJandowaeMilesWandoanHannaford