Should our Community Awards be part of Australia Day 2023?

Submissions closed on 27 October 2022, 12:00 AM

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In September and October 2022, we asked for your feedback on replacing our Australia Day Awards Ceremony with a more inclusive annual Byron Shire Community Awards program at another time of the year.  

Feedback closed 4 October 2022. Thank you to everyone who took part.

The results were presented to the 27 October Ordinary Council Meeting. It was decided that the Australia Day Awards will be replaced with a community awards program during Local Government Week, 1 to 7 August.

The agenda and minutes of the meeting can be viewed on the Agendas and Minutes page.

Event program and format

The majority of votes received were in favour of moving the event to another time of year. 

Feedback was also received in favour of a refresh of the event. A Project Reference Group will be established to consult with on aspects of the awards program such as format and award categories. The Group will consist of a councillor, former Australia Day Awards recipients, and two randomly selected survey participants. 

More details will be released in 2023 about how you can nominate someone deserving for an award.