Australia Day

Murrumbidgee Council proudly celebrates Australia Day, with celebrations held at each of the three towns.

Each year the Australia Day Council invites Local Government to participate in Australia Day activities.

It particularly encourages Councils to participate in the Citizenship Awards, which are offered by the Australia Day Council for the purpose of recognising outstanding contributions to the local community.

Murrumbidgee Council participates in the presentation of Citizenship Awards, with Coleambally, Darlington Point and Jerilderie, each hosting individual Award Ceremonies.

Nominations from organisations and/or individuals are usually sought from October each year.

For information on the Australia Day Nominations for each community and event details please click on the appropriate town below.



27 January, 2017 - Media Release


Australia Day award recipients from across the Murrumbidgee Council area have been acknowledged for their contributions to the community.

The winners were announced at official ceremonies in Coleambally, Darlington Point and Jerilderie throughout the day on Australia Day, Thursday 26 January.

The three Citizen of the Year award winners have all been described as selfless, community-minded people who go out of their way to help.

Murrumbidgee Council Administrator, Mr Austin Evans,  congratulated all of the worthy winners from across the Council area.

“Our towns are richer for the work of these selfless individuals. I am continually inspired by the exceptional work they do,” he said.

“It is an honour to be able to acknowledge each of them,  and on behalf of the wider community I thank them all.”

Coleambally Australia Day award winners-

Citizen of the Year-Penelope Sheppard

Coleambally’s Citizen of the Year, Penny Sheppard, is a tireless community worker.

She is the current Chair Person of the Coleambally Darlington Point Country Education Fund and the Chair for the Coleambally Australia Day Committee. Penny is presently the driving force behind a compilation of an oral history for the town. She was also heavily involved in the 2016 Taste Farm and Food Festival. 

Young Citizen of the Year-Thomas Breed

Lifetime Achievement Award -Ian Sutherland,  Michael Breed

Event of the Year- Taste Coleambally Food & Farm Festival 2016

Cultural Award-Taste Coleambally Food & Farm Festival 2016 Art Precinct

Sporting Team of the Year-CFNC Under 13’s Netball Team

Sportsperson of the Year-Emma Dunbar

Junior Sportsperson of the Year- George Payne

Sub-Junior Sportsperson of the Year-Mia Jones


Darlington Point Australia Day award winners -

Citizen of the Year – Roy Golsby-Smith

Darlington Point’s Citizen of the Year, Roy Golsby-Smith, has been involved in many organisations, which have benefitted the community since he moved to Darlington Point nearly 30 years ago.

His community spirit has seen him maintain the surrounds of St Paul’s Church and the Close for over 20 years and he has been a willing helper at the Op-Shop.

Young Sportsperson of the year – Elie Hughes

Senior Sportsperson of the year – Joy Birmingham

Sporting Team of the Year – Darlington Point Bowls Pennant Team

Event\Group Achievement of the year – Jaye Hughes & Friends


Jerilderie Australia Day award winners-

Jerilderie Citizen of the Year Award – Stephen Dalgliesh

Jerilderie’s Citizen of the Year, Stephen Dalgliesh, has shown an outstanding commitment to the Jerilderie community.

His involvement as a volunteer spans many years and many different organisations, including Jerilderie APEX Club, having been a member since 1995. Countless hours of service to the town are contributed through his involvement with APEX, and he has assisted with organisation of the Jerilderie Round Up Ball on many occasions.

Stephen has also been a member of the Jerilderie Rural Fire Service for 22 years.

Young Citizen of the Year Award – Paige Nash

Sportsperson of the Year Award – Ben Nash

Little Aussie Award- St Joseph’s Primary School – Brigit Hamilton

Little Aussie Award Jerilderie Public School– Alexandra Patu 



Rear:     Stephen Dalgliesh, Citizen of the Year; Paige Nash, Young Citizen of the Year; Ben Nash, Sportsperson of the Year

Front:    Alexandra Patu, Little Aussie, Jerilderie Public School;  Brigit Hamilton, Little Aussie, St Joseph's Primary School


Related Pages

Coleambally Australia Day

The Coleambally Australia Day Committee organise a great celebration for Australia Day and present various awards to recognise the great contributions individuals and groups make to this community.

Darlington Point Australia Day

The Darlington Point Town Life Committee organise a great celebration for Australia Day and present various awards to recognise the great contributions individuals and groups make to this community.

Jerilderie Australia Day

The Jerilderie Australia Day Committee organise an celebratory evening at Luke Park for Australia Day and present various awards to recognise the great contributions individuals and groups make to this community.