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Australia Day 2016

Australia Day in Hobart is traditionally marked by an Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony and the presentation of the Council's Citizen, Young Citizen and Community Event of the Year Awards by the Lord Mayor of Hobart at the Sandy Bay Regatta at the Nutgrove Beach Reserve,Tuesday 26 January 2016, commencing at 11 am.

Australia Day Awards 2016

The nomination period has now opened for community members to nominate an individual or community event in the 2016 City of Hobart Australia Day and Citizenship Awards. The Australia Day awards are part of a group of awards co-ordinated through the National Australia Day Council and administered by local councils throughout Australia.

The awards are presented to citizens in recognition of personal achievement and to acknowledge outstanding contributions to the local community. All it takes is the completion of a simple nomination form detailing the how this person or community event has contributed to their community.

Nominations are now welcomed for anyone who has made a noteworthy contribution to the Hobart community.  Nominations for the 2016 awards close at the end of October 2015. 

Download the Nomination Form

2015 award winners:

Citizen of the Year

Mr Lawson Ride

In 1995, Mr Lawson Ride was appointed as the founding Chief Executive Officer of the Cancer Council Tasmania.  Lawson was seconded from the then Department of Community and Health Services.

His assignment was to establish an organisation for the education of the community; to support cancer patients, their carers and treatment providers; to advocate governments for the provision of better facilities and services for cancer patients; and to raise funds for cancer research and support.

Lawson was instrumental in uniting the existing patchwork of small organisations to become a well-respected unified entity looking after cancer related issues for all Tasmanians and for all types of cancers.

His charismatic leadership saw him as the public face for cancer related issues in Tasmania in the media, discussions with governments, with health providers and members of the public.

Lawson oversaw the introduction of many new support initiatives including Cancer Council Tasmania’s transport 2 treatment program.  He also introduced some of the Cancer Council’s largest fundraising events such as Relay for Life, Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea and Daffodil Day.

Lawson’s efforts brought about the coordination and provision of services and support to many hundreds, if not thousands, of Tasmanians in need during his tenure.  His undeniable legacy will be experienced by many more in the future.

Young Citizen of the Year

Miss Meg Cooper

Meg Cooper is a 23 year old woman who is an inspiring young adult with maturity and skills that are a credit to her.  Meg has lived in the Hobart region all her life.  She is one of 5 children and her younger brother Ross has Down Syndrome.  Meg assists her family with the care of her brother and is an excellent role model for him.

In October 2008, Down Syndrome Tasmania hosted a Master Dance Class to gauge the interest of the Tasmanian community and the necessary commitment to commence a dance group.  The outcome was overwhelming with over 60 people attending from across the State.  Hence, the BrightStars were born and the first group started on the North West.

In 2010, Down Syndrome Tasmania took its North West BrightStars to the South of the State to hold a further Master Dance class.  At this point, Meg had already been approached and expressed interest in becoming involved.  Meg worked with the current dance instructor from the North West to run this class, and thereafter took the group on as her own.

Meg gives endless hours to planning and running the classes.  The age of the dancers vary from 6 to 35, therefore a great deal of thought needs to be placed into the routines to adapt to all abilities and skill levels.

BrightStars South now has over 30 dancers including people with Down Syndrome, volunteers and supporters.  The group holds regular classes, generally each fortnight along with an increased request for public performances.

The outcomes of BrightStars include, but are not limited to: fun, healthy activity, growth of friendships not only between people with Down syndrome but also families and friends, development of sustainable networks and access to information.

Community Event of the Year

(Joint Winners)

2014 Hobart Relay for Life

The Hobart Relay for Life event was held on 1 and 2 March in 2014 and saw over 2,000 locals come together at the Domain Athletics Centre to camp out overnight with family and friends.

Relay for Life is a chance for people to recognise and celebrate those who have overcome cancer or are undergoing treatment, as well as the people who care for them.  Relay also provides an opportunity to celebrate the memory of loved ones lost to cancer.

Teams of 10-15 people are organised to participate in a relay-style walk or run, challenging themselves to stay on the track overnight.

During the course of the event several moving ceremonies are held, for example, in the evening the Luminary Ceremony was conducted, where participants may chose to light a candle in memory of a loved one lost, or to show their support.  This is arguably the most moving ceremony at the event, and this is where closure can be gained for many participants dealing with a loss.

On the Sunday morning the fight back ceremony was held.  Everyone at the track pledged to make a change in their life to reduce their cancer risk and fight back against this deadly disease.

The event raised over $320,000, which will stay in the state and go towards support services, research and advocacy programs to help minimise the incidence and impact of cancer on all Tasmanians.

Hot August Jazz Festival

The Hot August Jazz Festival run by the Hobart Jazz Club Inc, is an annual free public event attended by all ages and cultures.  The tenth festival was held on 31 August 2014 and was a gala event featuring over 200 Tasmanian musicians.

In 2014, North Hobart came alive with hot jazz, and fine food and beverages for the 10th festival that presented 59 groups – from duos to big bands – from noon to midnight. 

Every year the attendance has been overwhelming, with venues packed to capacity from noon to midnight.  Estimates have ranged from 2,000 to 4,000 people attending the event.

As well as the nine jazz club committee members, there were at least 30 volunteers working on the day.

The annual festival shows that the choice of time and place is a highly successful model.  Over ten years the Hot August Jazz Festival has grown and developed, with the 2014 event proving that it has become an annual North Hobart institution.

Past winners

Citizen of the Year    

2014      Joint Winners:






Ms Emily Conolan – Services to the Hobart community through the establishment of the Tasmanian Asylum Seeker Support Network and Mr Fayia Isaiah Lahai - Commitment to creating a multicultural societ and support of multicultural UTAS students

Dr Nitan Verma - Services to the Hobart community and undeveloped countries in the field of medicine.


Mrs Leone Scrivener – Recognition of her long record of services to education in the Hobart community through her years as a teacher.


Mrs Romilda Amarosi – Fundraising services to the Cancer Council of Tasmania over many years.
2010 Mr Nicola Ranalli - Services to the Abruzzese community in Hobart.
2009 Dr Sheila Given - Contribution to the areas of ageing policy and education.
2008 2008 Mrs Jean Panton OAM - Contribution to the areas of medical research, cultural heritage and the environment.

Mr Alojzy (Alex) Dziendziel - over 50 years of community service.

2006 Joint Winners:

Mrs Marie Ducat - 50 years of service to Meals on Wheels.

Mr Liberatore Allocca - Contribution to the Italian community.

Young Citizen of the Year



Miss Laura Kay – Raising public awareness in the Hobart community in relation to domestic violence, gender inequality in the workforce and for volunteer work.

Miss Elizabeth Carin - Supporting local justice and charity/volunteer work.


Ms Nene Manasseh - In recognition of her involvement in supporting young refugee students.


Ruby Johnston – Youth leader and ambassador – 2010 Make Poverty History Road Trip.


Eva Mackinley - Working with young people.
2009 Alex Moores - Contribution as an advocate for young people.
2008 Jacob Millier - Contribution to social issues affecting young people.
2007 Johanna (Hanny) Allston - world champion orienteer.
2006 Habte Weldemarian - support of Ethiopian refugees.

Community Event of the Year



2013 Chinese New Year Festival.

2012 Festival of Voices. 


2011 Fairer World Festival.
2011 Mother’s Day Classic Fun Run and Walk.
2010 Homeless Connect Hobart.
2009 Friends of Soldiers Memorial Avenue - 90th Anniversary Event.
2008 The Sustainable Living Expo.
2007 The City to Casino Fun Run.



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