LOCAL legends will be celebrated and new citizens welcomed at a tropical Australia Day Awards ceremony in Port Douglas this month.

Douglas Shire Council is encouraging locals to come down to the Port Douglas Community Hall on Sunday, 26 January for the free BBQ breakfast and civic ceremonies.

There are 25 people up for Australia Day awards across seven categories and 28 new citizens are set to receive a tropical welcome to Australia.

Douglas Shire Mayor Julia Leu said the awards are a fantastic opportunity to celebrate our local champions.

“Council is inviting people across Douglas Shire to grab some free breakfast and celebrate our award winners and welcome our new citizens,” she said.

“We are tipping a large turnout with families and friends expected to pack the community hall for this special day.

“The opportunity to welcome new citizens to our region and celebrate people whose community work really binds Douglas Shire together is a real privilege.”

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, about 20% of the population in Douglas Shire was born overseas.

Event Details:

7:30AM – Free BBQ breakfast
9:30AM – Citizenship Ceremony
10AM – Australia Day Awards

Australia Day Award Nominees:

  • Evelyn Davey
  • Jill Chism
  • Joy Scomazzon
  • Brad Cooper
  • Greg Mill
  • Craig Mitchell
  • Michael Gabour
  • Caitlin O’Neil Nulty
  • Karen Renouf-Thomas
  • Heath Barry
  • Leonie Phillips
  • Frieda Van Aller
  • Elizabeth Green
  • Gayle Healey
  • Unity Beitzel
  • Ethan Crees
  • Rebecca Ives
  • Couper Smith
  • Tkoda Hewett
  • Sylvia Bellero
  • Ryder Smith
  • Brydie Maro
  • Stephen Hull
  • Andreas Schmidt
  • Gwyneth Dowell
BBQ Breakfast volunteers at the Australia Day Awards 2019