Australia Day Celebrations

Published on 24 January 2024

Media Release

Reflect, respect and celebrate Australia Day with a variety of events across the region. 

Mayor Jess Jennings said Australia Day celebrations will include our formal Citizenship and Award ceremonies as well as activities in our villages and the popular free entry to Manning Aquatic Centre. 

"We will induct 20 citizens from nations including - Pakistan, Iraq, Vietnam, New Zealand, Germany, United Arab Emirates, Canada, Ireland, United Kingdom, and India.,. It is such a special occasion as we officially welcome our newest citizens to our local community, and also as Australians." 

“Our Australia Day ambassador Lottie Dalziel, the 2023 NSW Young Australian of the Year will join us for both ceremonies.  Lottie founded Banish, to provide Australians with reliable information and methods to reduce waste.” 

The Banish website and social media account is full of sustainability information, from how-to guides on composting to advice on planet-friendly food choices. 

Lottie also runs BRAD – the Banish Recycling and Disposal Program. People send in hard-to-recycle items, such as blister packs, and Banish uses its partnership with TerraCycle to have them recycled in Australia. The BRAD initiative helps thousands of Australians recycle their waste and has recycled over 2.3 million blister packs so far. 

Lottie delivered a TED talk in 2020 on the power of community to fight climate change. 

What’s on when?  

Citizenship Ceremony from 9.30am at BMEC  

Australia Day Awards from 11.00am at BMEC   

o    Living Legends  

o    Citizen of the Year  

o    Event of the Year (Destination, Community & New)  

o    Youth Arts Awards  

o    Greening Bathurst Jo Ross Award  

o    National Trust Award  

Free entry to Manning Aquatic Centre from 11.00am – 5.30pm  

Sofala Annual Jerk Off Competition at the Royal Hotel Sofala from 10.00am 

Wattle Flat - Free barbecue at Thomson Street Reserve 10.00am – 2.00pm  

Rockley – Free barbecue at Stevens Park, Budden Street from 10.00am – 2.00pm   


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