Australia Day 2016
C'mon Aussie C'mon out for Australia Day on Tuesday January 26
Celebrate all that's great about being Australian at the 2016 Australia Day Celebrations around Isaac. Free community events are taking place in Clermont, Dysart, Middlemount, St Lawrence, Carmila, Glenden and Moranbah.
From triathlons, thong throwing and ‘best hat' competitions to barbeques and live music, residents can take part in a smorgasbord of activities unfolding across the region on Australia Day, Tuesday January 26.
To find out what free events are happening in your town, see below:
For an overview of Australia Day Awards and the list of 2016 Australia Day Awards Nominees, see below.
The Annual Australia Day Free Triathlon starts from 6:30am followed by a big Aussie brekkie and Australia Day Awards Ceremony at the Greg Cruikshank Aquatic Centre. The pool will stay open for a free day of fun for the family.
Australia Day Moranbah event poster (PDF, 1.9KB)
To compete in the Australia Day Triathlon you must complete the registration forms which are part of the Triathlon kit. It also includes a map of the event.
Moranbah Triathlon kit (including entry form) (PDF, 5.3MB)
Australia Day celebrations will be held at the Clermont Pool starting at 7:30am with a street parade. There will be award presentations, free community BBQ breakfast, games and market stalls.
Australia Day Clermont event poster (PDF, 2MB)
Australia Day celebrations will kick off with a free Aussie BBQ breakfast will follow along with fun games and activities and the official Australia Day Awards Ceremony.
Australia Day Middlemount event poster (PDF, 1.94MB)
Australia Day celebrations will be held at the Dysart public pool beginning at 8.30am with some fun family activities in and out of the water. Catch the official Australia Day Awards Ceremony at 10.00am then stay for a BBQ lunch.
Australia Day Dysart event poster (PDF, 1.93MB)
Australia Day celebrations will be held at the Broadsound Centenary Hall, St Lawrence, starting at 11am with the Australia Day Awards Ceremony, followed by a free community BBQ.
Australia Day St Lawrence event poster (PDF, 1.7MB)
Australia Day celebrations will be held at Carmila Sports Grounds, from 3.30pm starting with the Australia Day Awards Ceremony. Hang around for the free Community BBQ after the ceremony.
Australia Day Carmila event poster (PDF, 1.8MB)
Glenden & Nebo
As always the neighbouring towns of Nebo and Glenden have a combined celebration, this year being held in Glenden. Australia Day celebrations will be held at the Glenden June Maddern Memorial Rodeo Grounds from 3pm, kicking off with the official Australia Day Awards Ceremony. A free community BBQ will follow the ceremony along with fun and games for the whole family.
Australia Day Nebo and Glenden event poster (PDF, 1.89KB)
Australia Day Awards
On Australia Day we embrace our most valued community members and acknowledge their outstanding contribution to our communities with Australia Day Awards.
Our 2016 award winners embody the commitment and dedication we look for in leaders, whether in the field of sport, arts or the general community.
Citizen of the Year and Young Citizen of the Year is awarded to a person who has a significant contribution to the community, is an inspirational role model and the individual’s contribution to the local government area.
Community Event of the Year is awarded on the quality of the event, the scope of impact it has on the local government area and the event’s contribution to the community.
The Achievement Medallions for Groups and Individuals are awarded for Culture, Achievement and Sport. Medallions are to recognise an individual or group who have contributed positively to their community, in their respective category. And the
The Mayor’s Award is selected by the Mayor and is an outstanding person who embodies the qualities of an up and coming leader and displays this through dedication to their communities.
View the List of the 2016 Australia Day Award Nominees (PDF, 466KB)
Australia Day Ambassador - Annabel Pike
The Isaac region is proud to welcome our 2016 Australia Day Ambassador, Annabel Pike. Annabel will join in our Clermont Australia Day Celebrations.
• 2014: Australian of the Year – Nominee
• 2013: Pride of Australia Medal – Care and Compassion – Recipient
• 2013: Australian Graduate Nurse of the Year – Recipient
• 2012: Mater Health Services Graduate Nurse of The Year - Recipient
• 2011: Sovereign of Military Order of MALTA – Excellence in Palliative Care – Recipient
Born at 26 weeks gestation, Annabel suffers from a profound, bilateral, sensory neural hearing loss. Diagnosed at age 3, Annabel was not a candidate for a cochlear implant.
However, an ear infection in 2012, caused a further loss of hearing resulting in Annabel now requiring to wear a hearing aid.
Being so premature, Annabel used swimming as a form of physiotherapy which developed into a love for the sport, and she even represented Queensland during her school years.
Focussing her efforts on academia in high school, Annabel perused her lifelong dream of becoming a nurse. Gaining early acceptance into Australian Catholic University through their inaugural ‘Early Achievers Program’, Annabel overcame hearing difficulties and graduated with Honours and the Sovereign of Military Order of MALTA for Excellence in Palliative Care in 2011.
Then, in 2012, she was offered a place in the highly coveted Mater Health Service Graduate Program.
It is her care and compassion that patient’s say set Annabel apart. It is this exceptional standard of care that caused patients and staff to nominate her for the highest nursing award offered to a novice practitioner – Australian Graduate Nurse of The Year.
In 2013, Annabel was the sole recipient of this award. Again, it was patient’s admiration and gratitude for the young nurse, that she was awarded The Pride of Australia Medal for Care and Compassion in 2013 and an Australian of the Year nomination in 2014.
In October, 2014, Annabel travelled to Cambodia to volunteer in a rural hospital as a nurse educator and mentor. Winning the hearts of the local nurses and community, Annabel has been invited to return and has travel arrangement in place to continue assisting their education in July 2015.
Currently working in Intensive Care and completing post graduate study, Annabel hopes to facilitate nursing students in the future and advocate for palliative care patients in Intensive Care Units.