Australia Day awards and citizenship ceremony

Australia Day citizenship ceremony

We hold an Australia Day citizenship ceremony and presentation of our Citizen, Young Citizen and Community Event of the Year Awards at the Long Point Reserve each Australia Day, as part of the Sandy Bay Regatta.

The event is presided over by the Lord Mayor of Hobart.

2017 award winners:

Citizen of the Year

Mrs Fay Ibbott
Fay Ibbott has been a resident of Lenah Valley for many years and is an active and proud Hobart citizen. Fay is a wonderful example of an outstanding citizen who embodies selflessness, her entire life spent giving back to the community through volunteering. The volunteer hours Fay has given over the years in support of her family and community would be immeasurable. 

Young Citizen of the Year

Stephanie Eslake
Stephanie is making immense contributions to the local and wider community by creating an online community for young classical musicians Australia-wide. This platform provides an avenue to showcase their achievements nationally, and educate them about industry skills and ideas beyond their degrees and formal training.

Community Event of the Year

Australian Antarctic Festival
The Australian Antarctic Festival 2016 presented the people of Hobart with an exciting, educational and entertaining look at Hobart’s role as Australia’s Antarctic Port. The event engaged around 10,000 members of the Hobart community, assisting them to learn more about Antarctica.

Past winners

Citizen of the Year


Mr John Kelly
Services to the Hobart community through active participation across many community areas and for creating a vibrant cultural hub modernising the North Hobart State Cinema. 


Mr Lawson Ride
Established the Cancer Council of Tasmania and numerous Tasmanian initiatives such as Relay for Life, Australia's Biggest Morning Tea and Daffodil Day.

2014 Joint Winners    

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

2013 Dr Nitan Verma
Services to the Hobart community and undeveloped countries in the field of medicine. 

2012  Mrs Leone Scrivener
Recognition of her long record of services to education in the Hobart community through her years as a teacher.

2011  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. 


Young Citizen of the Year

2016      Miss Jessica Norton
Raising awareness in the Hobart community in relation to food allergies and dietary choices through the 'Eat Safe Live Well' program.
2015  Miss Meg Cooper 
Supporting Down Syndrome Tasmania and volunteer work.

2014  Miss Laura Kay
Raising public awareness in the Hobart community in relation to domestic violence and gender inequality in the workforce, and for volunteer work.
2013  Miss Elizabeth Carin
Supporting local justice and charity, and volunteer work.
2012  Ms Nene Manasseh
In recognition of her involvement in supporting young refugee students.
2011  Ruby Johnston
Youth leader and ambassador - 2010 Make Poverty History Road Trip. 

2010  Eva Mackinley
Working with young people. 

Community Event of the Year

2016  MyState Australian Wooden Boat Festival
2015 Joint Winners  2014 Hobart Relay for Life
2014 Hot August Jazz Festival 
2014  2013 Chinese New Year Festival 
2013  2012 Festival of Voices
2012  2011 Fairer World Festival
2011  Mother's Day Classic Fun Run and Walk
2010  Homeless Connect Hobart



Community Programs Officer
03 6238 2413