Cardinia Shire Australia Day Awards 2023 Nominees announced

Published: 16 January 2023

Cardinia Shire Council is proud to announce the nominees of the Cardinia Shire Australia Day Awards 2023.

All nominees and winners will be announced and celebrated at a special ceremony on Wednesday 25 January, for the nominees and their families and friends. 

Australia Day Awards 2023 nominees 

Council received nominations to the Cardinia Shire Australia Day Awards 2023 for the following local citizens and events (listed in alphabetical order for each award category): 

Citizen of the Year 2023 

  • David & Julia Graham 
  • Shelley Beardshaw 

Senior Citizen of the Year 2023 

  • Audrey Dodson 
  • Dianne Divola 
  • Janice Crittenden 

Young Citizen of the Year 2023 

  • Ace Simpson-Braden 
  • Charlotte O'Sullivan 
  • Samuel Nichols 

Event of the Year 2023 

  • Art Show Pakenham 
  • Cardinia Mens Shed Senior-tivity Day 
  • Emerald Arts Society Annual Art Exhibition 2022 
  • Gembrook Market 
  • Growing Cockatoo Food & Film Festival 
  • John Dudley Portrait Prize 
  • Pakenham Cricket Club – Pink Stumps Day 
  • Sports Community Leaders Luncheon - Forum Change our Game towards Gender Equality 
  • Trending Art Exhibition 

For more information about this year’s Australia Day Awards and nominees, visit Council’s website at 

Australia Day events 

Also at the Cardinia Cultural Centre, Council is hosting a special Citizenship Ceremony to welcome 100 new Australian citizens, from 11am on Thursday 26 January! 

And, a number of community-run events are being held across Cardinia Shire for the community to enjoy: 

Cardinia Australia Day (previously held at Lakeside Pakenham) 

From 12 – 4pm, Thu 26 Jan 2023 

Toomuc Recreation Reserve, Pakenham 

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 

For more information about the various Australia Day events across the Shire in 2023, visit 

Council is proud to support these community events through its annual Festivals and Events Grants program. For more information about the grants program, visit 

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