Journeyman folk band Voice Strings encapsulate the breadth of Australian identity bringing together a truly international group of musicians playing traditional bluegrass music, fiddle tunes and Japanese originals.

The Council has welcomed hundreds of new citizens at the Boardwalk over the years, providing a celebratory atmosphere for our newest Australians. What hasn’t yet been explored is what happens afterwards. How has it been adjusting to life in Australia?

At this year’s Australia Day, we will be inviting a diverse group of recent citizens to come back to the Boardwalk, join in for breakfast and offer an open table for longer term Australians to sit down and have a conversation. What has it been like to move here? Where do you come from? What are some things that took getting used to in Australia?

From 10:30am the Clarence City Band will light up the stage before the city welcomes 22 new citizens from countries such as Nepal, Denmark, Germany, New Zealand, the Philippines, South Korea and the UK.

Australia Day Ambassador, bestselling cookbook author Sally Wise, and the Mayor of Clarence, Alderman Doug Chipman will then preside over the Clarence Australia Day Awards.

This year’s nominees include:

Philip Anstie

Philip has given countless hours of his time to community groups and caring for the environment during the past 20 years, providing leadership to the Tranmere-Clarence Plains Land and Coastcare Inc., Sustainable Living Tasmania and the Tasmanian Conservation Trust.

Anthony Edler

Ant is a positive role model in Risdon Vale as program coordinator of the Community Bikes Program. This program empowers young disadvantaged people by giving them skills to restore countless bikes that have been given away locally and internationally.

Campbell Remess

Campbell has made countless bears for sick children at the Royal Hobart Hospital, those caught in the recent France terrorist attacks and other people in need of hope and comfort.

John Steele

John has been volunteering since his early 30s and has contributed to the community through his roles with the Howrah Bowls Club, St Aiden’s Cricket Club and the Tasmanian Churches and District Cricket Association.

Wendy Andrew

Wendy has been caring for the environment and history of the Clarence Plains area through serving on the Tranmere-Clarence Plains Land and Coastcare Inc. and the Clarence Plains Historical Society.

Byron Bailey

Byron is an enthusiastic and committed volunteer in Richmond giving his time to the Richmond Football Club, Meals on Wheels and St Lukes Church.

Diane Bailey

Diane has been a constant and tireless worker in the Richmond community as a member of Meals on Wheels and the Richmond Football Club.

Brian Kemp

Brian has volunteered his services for more than 58 years, including to St Davids Church Choir, the Sound Preservation Association of Tasmania and Clarence PROBUS.

Clarence Eating with Friends

Organised by the Clarence Community Volunteer Service, this popular event has been running for more than 11 years to help reduce social isolation and provide a healthy meal to older residents in Clarence.