Australia Day 2023 in Cardinia Shire

Published: 10 January 2023

A number of events are being held across Cardinia Shire for the community to enjoy this Australia Day, Thursday 26 January.

Australia Day Awards 2023 

As in recent years, Council will be hosting a special ceremony to announce and celebrate the Cardinia Shire Australia Day Awards 2023 nominees and winners. 

The Awards include categories for: Cardinia Shire Citizen, Senior Citizen, Young Citizen and Community Event of the Year. 

The Award winners will be announced at the ceremony on the evening before Australia Day and shared publicly via Council’s website (at and Council’s social media channels. 

Citizenship ceremony 

Council is looking forward to welcoming 100 new Australian citizens at a citizenship ceremony to be held from 11am at the Cardinia Cultural Centre (40 Lakeside Boulevard, Pakenham) on Thursday 26 January. 

Local community events 

A number of Australia Day events, proudly supported by Council’s Festivals and Events Grants program, are being hosted by community groups around the Shire, including: 

Cardinia Australia Day 

From 12 – 4pm, Thu 26 Jan 2023 

Toomuc Recreation Reserve, Pakenham (previously held lakeside at the Cardinia Cultural Centre) 

Event contact: Tony O’Hara, 0438 377 283  

Koo Wee Rup Australia Day Games 

From 12 – 3pm, Thu 26 Jan 2023 

Cochrane Park, Koo Wee Rup  

Event contact: Turning Point Church Koo Wee Rup, 5997 2217 

Koo Wee Rup Australia Day  

From 8.15 – 10.30am, Thu 26 Jan 2023 

KWR Community Centre, Koo Wee Rup  

Event contact: Caroline Roff, 0409 803 340 

Cockatoo Australia Day 

From 8.45am, Thu 26 Jan 2023 

Alma Treloar Reserve Amphitheatre, 77 Pakenham Rd Cockatoo 

Event contact: Rachelle Mechielsen, 0403 049 428 

Council’s Waste, Environment and Sustainability, and Youth Services teams are excited to be holding stalls at the Cardinia Australia Day event, to connect with, answer questions, and provide information to community members about services, programs and events being run by these teams across 2023. 

For more information about the Australia Day Awards and events across the Shire for 2023, see:

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