Australia Day

Australia Day

Australia Day is the official national day of Australia. Celebrated annually on 26 January, it marks the anniversary of the 1788 arrival of the First Fleet of British ships at Port Jackson, NSW, and the raising of the flag of Great Britain at that site by Governor Arthur Phillip.
In present-day Australia, celebrations reflect the diverse society and landscape of the nation, and are marked by community and family events, reflections on Australian history, official community awards, and citizenship ceremonies welcoming new immigrants into the Australian community.



Evans Head set to host Australia Day spectacular

Preparations are underway for a full program of spectacular events at Evans Head on Australia Day, Tuesday 26 January. As in past years, a community committee has been formed to host the day on behalf of Richmond Valley Council as the official Australia Day celebrations. The committee, auspiced by Evans Head Business and Community Chamber, has been working behind the scenes to create a day which will not only show off all Evans Head has to offer, but the entire Richmond Valley. Events include a cooking demonstration, a sand modelling competition, beach cricket and beach volleyball, amusements rides, and a waterslide.

The Evans Head-Casino Surf Life Saving Club is the major beneficiary of this year's celebrations. Funds raised will go towards training and development, as well as an awareness campaign of the Club and its members. The Club's fantastic volunteers will be there on the day running beach activities and a sausage sizzle.

Spread the word and come and support your local surf life saving club at Evans Head this Australia Day!

Nominate your local hero for Australia Day award

Nominations are open for next year’s Richmond Valley Australia Day Awards, which recognise the unsung heroes of our community. We all know individuals or groups who give a huge amount in the community. From keeping their community clean and safe to helping others make the most of their lives, these people make the Richmond Valley a great place for everyone. If you know someone who deserves recognition for their tireless, inspiring and selfless work, nominate them now and let us thank them for going that extra mile to make a positive contribution in the community. You are invited to nominate a friend, family member, community leader, colleague or even someone you don't know - any Australian who you believe makes our community a better place to live, or has achieved sporting success.

The categories are:

  • Citizen and Young Citizen of the Year;
  • Volunteer and Young Volunteer of the Year;
  • Sportsperson and Young Sportsperson of the Year; and
  • Indigenous Citizen of the Year.

Nomination forms are available for download at the end of this page, or at local clubs, community organisations and at all Richmond Valley Council buildings to ensure everyone can nominate a deserving member of the community.  

For further information contact Council’s Events officers on 6660 0300.

Communities urged to host Australia Day celebrations

Richmond Valley Council is seeking expressions of interest from local communities, businesses, groups, clubs or associations to host and present their own unique Australia Day Celebrations on 26 January in partnership with Council. We are seeking submissions for the 2016, 2017 and 2018 celebrations.

The document at the bottom of this page will give you examples on Australia Day programs, coordination of an Australia Day event and responsibilities.

There is no obligation to follow any particular format for the day other than including an official ceremony which RVC will be responsible for. Our core requirement is that the Australia Day program presented is suitable for all ages and there is sufficient time allocated to accommodate the official ceremony, which may run for an hour to an hour and a half on the day.

RVC will support the host community/club/organisation by way of the services of an officer to assist with the coordination of some elements of the celebrations.  RVC will support the following aspects of the celebrations through direct financial contributions:

  1. Advertising of the celebrations.
  2. Expenses associated with the official ceremony and awards.
  3. Expenses associated with the Australia Day guest speaker.
  4. In-kind assistance would be available by way of administrative and works support.

It is envisaged monthly planning meetings would begin in September each year for the celebrations to take place on 26 January of the next year.

While the Australia Day celebrations should be free to attend, this does not exclude the possibility for some creative fundraising by your community/club/organisation.  Hosting Australia Day should not become a financial burden to the host and RVC will work closely with the host to ensure a successful outcome can be achieved.

If your group or business has an interest in hosting a future Australia Day celebration please contact Council's Events Officer on 6660 0300.