Australia Day
26 January 2021

Australia Day is a community celebration!

Australia Day provides us all with a chance to celebrate our local heroes at the same time as we welcome our newest community members and reflect, respect and celebrate what it really means to be an Australian and all the things we love about our country. 

Everyone in the community - residents and visitors alike - is invited to attend Kempsey Shire Council’s official Australia Day Awards and Citizenship Ceremony on Tuesday 26 January.

The ceremony is being held at the Slim Dusty Centre, commencing at 9:00am with a barbecue breakfast served by the amazing people from the Rotary Clubs in Kempsey and Kempsey West for the price of a gold coin donation.

The official ceremony will kick off at 10am and be opened with a traditional Welcome to Country and will include a performance by the Figtree Dancers, an address from our Australia Day Ambassador Dick Adams, the presentation of the Australia Day Awards and the first live citizenship ceremony to take place in the shire in 12 months.

The 2021 categories for the Australia Day Awards are:

  • Citizen of the Year
  • Young Citizen of the Year
  • Volunteer of the Year
  • Community Group of the Year

A COVID-safe event

After receiving advice from the Office of Local Government, NSW Health and Police, Kempsey Shire Council will be asking guests to ensure they check into the venue using the Service NSW app, practice social distancing and to remain seated as much as possible to ensure the health and safety of the community.

Additionally, in line with public health guidelines, those attending the official ceremony will be asked to refrain from joining in the singing of the national anthem Advance Australia Fair but rather to simply stand while the Anthem and I am Australian are performed by Heath Lancaster.

Due to COVID-safe practices, those attending are asked to make sure they arrive early as the check-in process may cause slight delays and numbers on site are limited. It is advised that attendees download the Service NSW application to their phone before leaving home.

Anyone who is feeling unwell, demonstrating flu-like symptoms or who has been asked to self-isolate should stay at home.