Australia Day awards and events

Australia Day is celebrated throughout the shire with local events held annually in townships including Koo Wee Rup, Lang Lang, Bunyip and Cockatoo.

We proudly supports these celebrations through our Festival and events grants.

We also host a flagship Australia Day event at Cardinia Cultural Centre in Pakenham on Australia Day. 

Visit the events calendar in January for more information about these events.

Our Australia Day Awards recognise:

  • people who make an outstanding contribution to our local community
  • an outstanding local community event

Award categories 

  • Citizen of the Year
  • Senior Citizen of the Year
  • Young Citizen of the Year
  • Community Event of the Year

Nominations for the Australia Day Award for 2019 have closed.

The winners will be announced at our Australia Day event at Cardinia Cultural Centre in Pakenham on Saturday 26 January 2019. 

Malcolm Graham

Malcolm has been an active member of the Upper Beaconsfield community since the early 1980s, volunteering for a number of community-based organisations including the CFA, Scouts and Neighbourhood Watch. For the past 7 years, Malcolm has worked tirelessly to support the annual Village Festival, which brings residents together to celebrate the wonderful community they live in. Malcolm received the 2016 Upper Beaconsfield Citizen of the Year award in recognition of his significant contributions to the local community over almost 40 years.

Les Jacobs

Les has been a member of the men’s shed in Pakenham for the past 12 years, including many years as committee presendent. He is consistently one of the first to arrive and last to leave, and spends many hours outside of meetings planning activities and overseeing countless projects to benefit the local community. For example, Les and his fellow men's shed members have made ramps to help older and disabled residents, possum and bird boxes to protect native wildlife, and wooden ‘training’ horses for Riding for the Disabled.

Sally Jensen

Sally is an inspiring young leader who has made significant contributions to her school as well as to the scout group, men’s shed and hospital in Koo Wee Rup. Sally served on the Koo Wee Rup Secondary College School Student Representative Council for three years, including as Junior House Captain and Senior House Vice Captain. Her volunteer work at the hospital includes conducting morning exercises, assisting with catering and organising sing-a-longs with patients. She has been awarded the Queen Scout Award, Silver Star Award in Ballet, and took out first prize in the Refresh Art Competition organised by Federation University – all while maintaining a part-time job at Woolworths where she works 20 hours per week.

Cardinia Casey Biggest blokes lunch 2017

This event was first held in our region 4 years ago and has since raised over $330,000 for men’s health initiatives.The event brings about 500 local men together in a fun, relaxed environment to hear from guest speakers about the importance of having regular prostate cancer check-ups. Funds raised have been directed to the Prostate Cancer Association of Australia (Victoria) and into important men’s health initiatives via the Casey Cardinia Foundation.

  • Citizen of the year: Wayne Collins
  • Senior citizen of the year: Michael Allery
  • Young citizen of the year: Emily Bloxidge
  • Community event of the year: Cardinia Relay for Life