Australia Day 2014 Project Reference Group


1.      Organise Australia Day Events

a)      Australia Day Celebrations to be organised in each town if there is a PRG member to organise such event.  This is to be done on a voluntary basis by the member representing that town.  One of these towns is required to hold and organise the Official Ceremony as part of their Australia Day celebration.

b)      The Official Ceremony is to include the Australian Citizenship ceremony and Local Citizen of the Year awards.

c)      Celebrations are generally to be free of charge and family orientated (can recoup costs of any moneys expended outside of Council’s donation).

d)      Budget moneys received from Council are not to be used for the employment of professional artists.

e)      Events are to celebrate what is great about Australia eg. the people, our diversity, our freedom and democracy, a fair go for all, the land or our indigenous people.

f)       Events are to recognise the contribution of Indigenous Australians and our multicultural heritage and celebrate the diversity that has helped shape our nation.

2.      Australia Day Address - Local Resident

a)      Nominate a local resident to give the Australia Day Address at the Official Ceremony.

3.      Local Australia Day Awards

a)      Develop a nomination form for Byron Shire Council Australia Day awards.

b)      Categorise what awards will be given.

c)      Call for nominations and actively promote the awards to the community as awards for people or groups who have succeeded in their chosen field or have worked tirelessly within their communities.

d)      Award recipients are to be chosen by a vote of the full committee. Tied votes are to be resolved by a draw from a hat.

4.      Australia Day Ambassador – Participation in Program

a)      Register with the Australia Day Council of NSW in order to participate in their Ambassador Program.

b)      Local identities may be utilised if the organising committee wishes to have an Australia Day Ambassador at their local event.

c)      If for any reason the PRG does not participate in the Australia Day Council Ambassador Program, a local identity may be utilised for the Official Ceremony's Australia Day Ambassador.  The identity is to be endorsed by the PRG.

Timeframe to carry out objectives

6 months


Councillor Representative(s) [Non-voting delegate]:

  • No Councillor appointed

Appointed community groups represented:

  • Byron Bay Rural Fire Brigade, Suffolk Park
  • Bangalow Historical Society
  • Byron Bay Rotary Club
  • Rotary of Mullumbimby
  • Lions Club of Brunswick Mullumbimby
  • Ocean Shores Community Association
  • Brunswick Valley Historical Society
  • Sisters For Reconciliation
  • Byron Youth Council

Community Representative(s):

  • N/A

Staff Contact:

  • Convenor/Facilitator, Director Corporate and Community Services Tel 6626 7178
  • Administrative Services Tel 02 6626 7127

Committee Meets

As Required

10 February 2014
Report 24.5 KB
13 January 2014
Report 17.26 KB
9 December 2013
Report 15.5 KB
11 November 2013
Agenda 18.14 KB
Report 18.14 KB
9 October 2013
Report 18.31 KB
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