Australia Day

Australia Day

Bathurst will play host to a weekend of celebrations for Australia Day 2020


Event of the Year

Nominations are now open for Event of the Year.

Do you know of an event that was held this year in Bathurst that highlighted our community spirit or brought tourists to the area? Why not nominate it for an Event of the Year Award. There are two award categories - the 2019 Bathurst Region Community Event of the Year Award which celebrates events that add to the living experience in Bathurst and the 2019 Bathurst as a Destination Event of the Year Award which recognises events that have strengthened Bathurst as a tourist destination.

Please click here to download the nomination form.

 Australia Day Ambassadors 2020 - Lana and Roger Borg

The Australia Day Ambassadors for 2020 are Lana and Roger Borg. Lana and Roger have dedicated themselves to cooking hot home-made meals for those in need. When the bushfires ravaged Winmalee in October 2013, Lana and her husband Roger wanted to help in some way. With a lifelong love of cooking, Lana decided to take time off work so that she could feed the firefighters. With the help from her husband Roger and friends, Lana cooked hot home-made meals plus organised BBQ breakfasts and dinners for the volunteers at Storage King, Penrith.

Then in November 2013, Lana was asked to cook a banquet Christmas Eve dinner for the Penrith's homeless. It was then that Lana and Reger realised that there was a great need in our community for a free hot meal service. Mama Lana's Community Foundation was born, serving hot home-cooked meals as well as providing support four nights a week.

In January 2016, with the help of over 80 volunteers, they increased the meal service to six nights a week as well as starting a school student lunch sponsorship program. They now also provide lunch packs to students at a local high school 5 days a week. Over the past 12 months, they have also been able to support Domestic Violence cases with emergency food hampers through the Penrith Women's Health Centre.

Australia Day Awards Ceremony 
Friday 24 January 2020

Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre
Doors open: 5.30pm | Ceremony commences: 6.00pm

This event will recognise the wonderful achievements of members of our community.
Awards on the day include:

  • Event of the Year (Community & Destination)
  • Citizen and Young Citizen of the Year
  • Youth Arts Award
  • Jo Ross Greening Bathurst
  • Chifley Award

Entry is free and the whole community is encouraged to attend. 

BBQ Breakfast
Sunday 26 January 2020

Eglinton War Memorial Hall

The community will be able to wake up with a BBQ Breakfast, hosted by the Eglinton War Memorial Hall. Included in the morning will be an official ceremony, National Anthem and flag raising, car displays and novelty races and giveaways for the kids. Entry to the event is free, with a BBQ breakfast on offer for a gold coin donation.

Citizenship Ceremony
Sunday 26 January 2020

Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre

Join us as we celebrate the new citizens in our community

Free entry to the Pool
Sunday 26 January 2020

Manning Aquatic Centre Bathurst
Free entry from 11am

Cool off in the pool this Australia Day in true Aussie fashion, with free entry and kids' activities at the Manning Aquatic Centre Bathurst from 11am.