Australia Day 2022 Ambassadors Announced and Plans Finalised

Northern Grampians Shire Council is inviting the community to “reflect, respect and celebrate” at upcoming Australia Day events in St Arnaud and Stawell this month. The celebrations will take place on Wednesday 26 January, the official Australia Day public holiday.

Council will welcome two Australia Day Ambassadors this year – Life Ambassador for Australia Day and well-known TV presenter and women’s advocate, Ms Tonia Todman and horseracing identity and Reconciliation advocate Tony Cavanagh. Ms Todman will be attending the St Arnaud ceremony and Mr Cavanagh will be part of the Stawell ceremony.

The proceedings will take place as follows:

St Arnaud 8amFree Breakfast hosted by the Rotary and Lions Clubs of St ArnaudMarket Square
9amOfficial Australia Day Awards and Flag Raising ceremony
Post ceremonyFree Morning Tea provided by the Friends of the Queen Mary GardensSt Arnaud Town Hall
Stawell 6pmAustralia Day Awards and Citizenship CeremonyCato Park
Free Barbecue supplied by Woolworths and hosted by Rotary Club of Stawell
Family friendly activities such as a petting zoo


Northern Grampians Shire Council Mayor, Cr Tony Driscoll is very excited to be attending the Australia Day events and to host the ambassadors during their visit.

“Our community really revels in Australia Day; you just have to look at the jam-packed itineraries to know that,” Cr Driscoll said.

“It is an occasion to stop and reflect on our diverse identities as Australians and our need to reconcile with our indigenous community. We will celebrate the incredible achievements of individuals and groups over the past year and welcome our newest citizens to the shire.

“Come along and share in the festivities with us and if you cannot, please tune in to our live stream on the day to be a part of this special day.”

Council wishes to advise that the event will be a COVIDSafe event and managed according to current Coronavirus restrictions and Council’s event policy. Attendees will have to check-in using the QR code.

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