Australia Day Awards
The City of Clarence Australia Day Awards recognises the achievements of individuals and events that make a real and positive difference in the community, and help to inspire others.
Our community is full of inspiring people from all walks of life and ages who every day make our city the best it can be.
Awards are presented in the categories of:
- Citizen of the Year
- Senior Citizen of the Year
- Young Citizen of the Year
- Community Event of the Year
Nominations have now closed for the 2019 City of Clarence Australia Day Awards.
Nomination Eligibility Requirements
To be eligible for a City of Clarence Australia Day Award:
- recognised as a citizen of Clarence
- Nominees of all ages will be considered for the Citizen of the Year award
- Nominees aged under 25 years will also be considered for the Young Citizen of the Year award
- Nominees aged 60 years and over will also be considered for the Senior Citizen of the Year
- Ages are as at 26 January of the awards year
- Two or more individuals may be nominated jointly for an individual award
- Groups are eligible to apply in the Community Event of the Year category
- Only events held in Clarence will be considered for Community Event of the Year.
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Australia Day Awards Committee
The role of the Clarence City Council Australia Day Awards Committee is to select the recipients for the City of Clarence Australia Day Awards and oversee the promotion and presentation of the awards each year.
The current committee members are:
- Mayor Doug Chipman, Chairperson
- Alderman Brendan Blomeley
- Alderman Wendy Kennedy
- Jo Brodie – community representative
- Michael Patten – community representative
- Jerrick Johnston – community representative
- Council Officer to provide administrative support
The term of office for committee members is four (4) years. Members may only serve two consecutive four year terms.
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Find out more about our 2018 recipients…
Marie Crick – Citizen of the Year
Marie is described as ‘a shining light of positivity’ and is committed to making Clarence Plains a better place to live.
Among Marie’s many achievements was instigating the idea for the ‘Brain Box’ helmet program in Clarence Plains. This program ensures kids in the area have access to, and wear bike helmets. Through the program, young riders have the change to give five hours of community service for a free helmet.
Marie was also a founding member of the Clarence Plains Spring Clean. She is a member of the GROW project steering committee to provide a community garden space and outdoor classroom for students in Clarendon Vale.
Christoper Smith – Senior Citizen of the Year
Christopher is an advocate for seniors and men’s health.
Christopher is a co-founding member of the Howrah Men’s Shed, and is also an active and longstanding member of National Seniors Australia (NSA). He has served as committee member, vice president and president of the NSA Rosny Park branch and is described as being a pivotal leader during its infancy. Christopher is also a member of the NSA State Policy Advisory Committee.
Christopher has also delivered regular presentations at Centrelink seminars on the importance of socialisation of seniors.
Demi Smith – Young Citizen of the Year
Demi is a storng voice on youth issues in Clarence, particularly youth homelessness.
Demi has been a member of the Clarence Youth Network Advisory Group for the past three years, and was part of a working group for Youth Homelessness Matters Day in 2016 and 2017, which saw essential hygiene items donated to Loui’s Van.
Demi has directed a short film, The Off Course Girl, submitted as part of the Hidden Others film festival and screened as part of the Salvos Sleep-Out to increase conversations about youth homelessness.
Carols Under the Stars – Community Event of the Year
Organised by Abundant Life Church, Carols Under the Stars is Hobart’s largest and longest running free carols event.
Carols Under the Stars is a family-friendly event that brings the wider community together. The committee connects with local community groups, schools and businesses to sponsor and deliver the event. The event is supported by more than 100 voluntters and attracts more than 5,000 people each year.
In addition to the above recipients, we would like to recognise the following nominees: Jan Storr, Gill Berriman, Dorothy Batt, David Leaman, Michael Barnett, richmond Athletics Carnival, Southern Tasmanian Schools Music Showcase (Music: Count Us In), #Run4Troy and the ANZAC Day Concert.