Australia Day awards and 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.

Australia Day Awards 2018 winners

Citizen of the Year joint winners – Mr Mitch McPherson and Ms Naomi Marantelli.

Naomi Marantelli

Naomi’s award is in recognition of her tireless community work assisting people from diverse and multicultural backgrounds to support and promote their cultures through community driven creative projects. 

Naomi has been instrumental in the production and delivery of numerous community events and cultural projects, including the Veolia Solstice Lantern Parade for the Antarctic Midwinter Festival, the Richmond Primary School Lantern parade, TMAG school holiday activities and several large scale artwork murals around Hobart

Mitch McPherson

Mitch McPherson founded the charity SPEAK UP! Stay ChatTY following the devastating loss of his younger brother Ty in 2013. Since then, Mitch has spoken at hundreds of events, and is dedicated to spreading the message that nothing is so bad that you can’t talk about it.

Mitch’s vision is that SPEAK UP! Stay ChatTY will become a national charity, with a focus on delivering programs in schools and sporting clubs around Australia to increase awareness and remove stigma surrounding mental health.

Young Citizen of the Year – Ms Grace Ngyuen

Grace has contributed to the development of a more cohesive Tasmanian society through her work with the Hobart Vietnamese community and international students. Grace organises events at the University of Tasmania that help engage and immerse international students in activities that encourage strong social connections.

She is a founding member of the Vietnamese Student association and a volunteer career mentor in the UTAS Career Mentor Program, helping students link academic study to employment and the realities of industry.

Community Event of the Year – Hobart Relay for Life 

The Hobart Relay For Life is an enormous event that now plays a significant role for the community. The event provides a special opportunity for people to celebrate life, to remember loved ones, and to fight back against cancer, through support and fundraising. In 2017 over 1,800 participants walked the tracks of the Domain Athletics Centre for their own personal reasons related to cancer.

The funds raised by the Hobart Relay for Life remain in Tasmania and enable to the Cancer Council to provide patient transport and personal support, conduct workshops, and distribute wigs, information and financial assistance.  


Past winners

Citizen of the Year


Mrs Fay Ibbott
Services to the community through volunteering, providing leadership and guidance to numerous community groups, charities and clubs.


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

2017 Stephanie Eslake

Contribution to the arts and young people through promoting, mentoring, showcasing and educating in music and literature.

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

2017 2016 Australian Antarctic Festival
A popular festival that celebrated Hobart’s role as Australia’s Antarctic Port.
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