Mayor Liz Campbell

From the Mayor's desk
Week commencing 15 January 2018Mayor Liz Campbell

Australia Day Awards 2018

Next week, the Kempsey Shire will host a number of Australia Day activities to celebrate one of the most important days in our national calendar. The theme for this year’s celebrations is ‘Australia Day - Everyone, every story’.

Australia Day means different things to different people, and we all come from diverse backgrounds that make up the unique community that is the Macleay Valley. As citizens of the Macleay, I hope we all - locals and visitors alike - come together as a community in the true spirit of being an Aussie, not only on Australia Day but every day throughout the year.


This year’s official 2018 Australia Day Awards Ceremony will be held at the Slim Dusty Centre on Australia Day Eve, 25 January, where we will welcome our Australia Day Ambassador, Joel Pilgrim, founder and CEO of mental health charity, Waves of Wellness Foundation, who will deliver the Australia Day Ambassador’s address.

The ceremony will include the announcement of the winners of the prestigious Australia Day Awards, with every nomination a worthy candidate who gives much to improving the quality of life for others in our community. Another important function of the official event is the Australian Citizenship Ceremony where we welcome new citizens to our shire.

Crescent Head

On 26 January, the Crescent Head Lions Club will host a traditional Aussie breakfast from 7:30am at the Rotunda as part of local community celebrations, and we’re thrilled that our Australia Day Ambassador will also be attending this event.

South West Rocks

The South West Rocks Lions Club invites all locals and visitors to join the sausage sizzle breakfast to kick start the day at the Horseshoe Bay Shelter Shed from 7:30am, and to stay and enjoy the music and award presentation.

Everyone is welcome to join in the celebrations being held in our valley, as the community coming together is at the heart of what Australia Day celebrations are all about.

Joel PilgrimThe Australia Day Ambassador for the Kempsey Shire for 2018 is the Waves of Wellness Foundation CEO Joel Pilgrim