Bellingen Shire 2023 Australia Day Awards

Published on 16 January 2023

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The official theme for Australia Day in 2023 is Reflect. Respect. Celebrate. and what better way to celebrate than with the Bellingen Shire Australia Day Awards. The Awards program provides our community with the opportunity to recognise our local heroes, who work tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure we remain a connected, sustainable, and creative community.

The Council has further refined the award categories to better reflect our community aspirations, challenges and achievements. This includes the introduction of the Hidden Gem Award that recognises the quiet achievers in our community, who give their time tirelessly and are often overlooked for acknowledgement.

The Bellingen Lions Club, supported by Council, will host this year’s Australia Day Awards event at Bellingen Park. The program will commence with a Welcome to Country and a smoking ceremony, a sacred and reflective start to Australia Day. A free BBQ breakfast and light refreshments will also be provided.

The Mayor, Cr Steve Allan will welcome our new Citizens and recognise our Australia Day Awards recipients during the proceedings.

“Importantly, this day is about reflection, coming together and celebrating our rich culture, respecting one another and celebrating as a community, the amazing people that do so much to make our Shire the place we choose to live.” expressed Mayor Allan.

Community members are encouraged to attend the Australia Day celebration. The Council encourages families to bring a picnic rug and practice social distancing as required.

2023 Australia Day Awards Event

Date: Thursday 26 January 2023

Time: 9:00am start, award proceedings at 9:30am

Location: Bellingen Park, Cnr Ford, Park & Church St, Bellingen NSW 2454

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