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.
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 for 2021/2022 close on 5 December 2021.
2022 Australia Day Awards nomination form
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 30 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 Award.
- Ages are as of 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.
Finalists for the 2021 Australia Day Awards can be found here and information on the winners is listed below. Thank you to all who nominated members of our community for these special awards.
Australia Day Awards CommitteeShow / Hide
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
- Marie Crick – community representative
- Jerrick Johnson – 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.
2021 City of Clarence Australia Day Award WinnersShow / Hide
Jocelyn Goldfinch – Citizen of the Year
Sandford resident Jocelyn (Jo), a committed teacher and sportsperson, regularly goes above and beyond in the Clarence community. Jo has demonstrated unwavering dedication to volunteering her time and support to surfing in Tasmania for decades.
She has helped organise countless surf competitions, including being a key coordinator of the hugely successful annual Tasmanian Schools Surfing Competition.
Outside of the sport, Jo has gone above and beyond in her role as teacher by providing care and support to her students.
Roger Viney – Senior Citizen of the Year
Roger is known for his willingness to step up and assist community organisations with his good governance and administration skills. For decades he has volunteered countless hours to our community.
Roger is particularly passionate about local sporting clubs and has dedicated much of his time to supporting their growth and longevity.
It has been said that Roger embodies the essence of community spirit and has worked tirelessly for the benefit of the community.
Thomas and Lily Garde and Amelie and Zoe Brown – Young Citizens of the Year
Siblings, Thomas and Lily Garde and sisters, Amelie and Zoe Brown have been attending Pipe Clay Coastcare working bees from a very young age.
The group was established in 2007, and their parents were active members and involved their children in the group’s activities.
The four of them have each been consistent and dedicated volunteers who over the years have learnt the ropes, increased their participation levels and become team leaders.
Despite their young age, they have gained a depth of experience allowing them to work independently with initiative and gusto to get the job done.
Love in a Lunchbox’ Dream Team from Clarendon Vale Primary School – Community Event of the Year
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 pandemic lockdown.