The usual Australia Day celebrations on the Bellerive Boardwalk will unfortunately not be going ahead this year. This decision was made in response to the changing circumstances of COVID-19 and to ensure the safety of patrons, volunteers and those involved in the event.

A private citizenship and awards ceremony will instead be held on the day.

This year’s ambassador is Ian Edwards, who is a serving police officer for more than 24 years and is currently stationed at Wynyard in north-west Tasmania.

Learn about the wonderful achievements that each of the 2021 City of Clarence Australia Day Awards nominees make to our community through a range of endeavours.

2021 Australia Day Awards nominees

Janet Whelan

Janet Whelan is dedicated to her community. Her numerous volunteer roles have included working with the Red Cross assisting with local and interstate bushfires, contributing to the Lindisfarne Historical Society and as an avid Camelia grower as President of the Camellia Society of Tasmania.

Anne Marmion

Anne Marmion has provided the Clarence community extensive service and has been heavily involved in the Bellerive Historical Society, Rokeby Historical Trails work and Clarence City Council’s cultural advisory committee.

Maureen McDonald

Maureen McDonald has been a dedicated member of the Acorn Branch for 40 years. Maureen has organised numerous fundraising and her involvement has been a commitment to enhance the lives of others.

John Pooley

John Pooley’s extensive community work includes the establishment and management of the Richmond Farmers Market, establishment of the Richmond Wine Wall, and serving as a member of the Coal River Valley Products Association.

Jocelyn Goldfinch

Sandford resident Jocelyn Goldfinch, a committed teacher and sportsperson, regularly goes above and beyond in the Clarence community. In particular, Jocelyn has supported surfing in Tasmania through decades of volunteering to grow youth participation and has been the key organiser for the annual Tasmanian Schools surfing competition for many years.

Roger Viney

From overseeing the twice-weekly Bingo games at the Howrah Community Centre to lobbying the highest echelons for improved sporting infrastructure on the Eastern Shore, Roger Viney has been a great asset to many community organisations.

Alexandra Vesper

Alexandra Vesper, aged 28, spends much of her time supporting the young people of Clarence through both paid and volunteer roles. She regularly organises local activities including the creation of murals, camps and activity days, while also building on youth resilience.

Tom and Lily Garde, and, Amelie and Zoe Brown

These young people have made a significant contribution to the Pipe Clay Coastcare over a number of years and are seen as leaders of tomorrow within the group for their initiative and eagerness to help.

Love in a Lunchbox – by the ‘Dream Team’ at Clarendon Vale Primary School  

The Love in a Lunchbox activity was established by a group of parents, affectionally referred to as the ‘Dream Team’, in 2016. In 2020 they made affordable, hot meals possible for students during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown.

Cremorne Bowls and Community Club Pop-Up Evenings

As a central meeting place for people of all ages, the Cremorne Bowls and Community Club’s Pop-Up Fridays offers an important social “glue” to the community and enhances the inter-connectedness and character of the village of Cremorne.