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Australia Day Awards

Citizen of the Year Awards 2017

Australia Day council logo

Nominations for the 2021 Citizen of the Year awards are now open.

Do you know someone who makes the Light community a better place?

Each year the Citizen of the Year Awards are proudly presented by Light Regional Council with support from the Australia Day Council of South Australia. The awards recognise local individuals and groups who have made outstanding contributions to our community.

Nominations can be made in five categories:

  • Citizen of the Year
  • Young Citizen of the Year (must be under 30 years of age on 26 January)
  • Award for Active Citizenship (A person or group delivering outstanding work or for an event or cause, staged in the community during the past year)
  • Community Event of the Year (for the most outstanding community event)
  • Community Project of the Year (for the most outstanding community project)

Awards will be presented at the Australia Day event on 26 January.  In 2021 the Greenock community will host the Australia Day Breakfast event.


To nominate an individual or group for the 2021 awards, read the Nomination Guidelines and complete the Australia Day Nomination Form. Nomination Forms are also available from the libraries and council offices from the 1st October annually.

Nominations should be forwarded to:

PO Box 72 Kapunda SA 5373
In-Person: 93 Main St Kapunda OR 12 Hanson St Freeling

For more information, contact the Community Development Officer on 8525 3200 or

Further details about the Citizen of the Year Awards program can be found on the Citizen of the Year website.

Citizen of the Year Award Nomination Guidelines
Citizen of the Year Nomination Form

Congratulations to our
2020 Australia Day Award winners!

Citizen of the Year – Janet Hazel
Janet Hazel Australia Day Breakfast 2020
Young Citizen of the Year – Elijah Smith
Elijah Smith Australia Day Breakfast 2020
Community Project of the Year – FARM Centre (Freeling Recreation Park
Management Committee)
Ian Carmichael Australia Day Breakfast 2020
Community Event of the Year - 2019 Kapunda Red Bull Branched Out catering (Dutton Park Inc Management Committee)
Sue & Mick Woods Australia Day Breakfast 2020
2020 Australia Day Ambassador – Professor Peter Langridge (CEO, Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics (ACPFG) at The Waite Precinct University of Adelaide) with Mayor Bill O'Brien
Professor Peter Langridge Australia Day Breakfast 2020
Presentation to Mayor O’Brien – framed print of HMAS Australia, by Freeling Institute committeePhil Taylor and Mayor OBrien 2020

HMAS Australia was one of three Indefatigable-class battlecruisers built for the defence of the British Empire. Ordered by the Australian Government in 1909, she was launched in 1911 and commissioned as a flagship of the fledgling Royal Australian Navy in 1913. It was the first battlecruiser to launch an aircraft in 1918. In 1918 it took part in a commando raid on the ports of Ostend and Zeebrugge, which led to the crew being awarded several commendation medals. It was awarded battle honours for Rabaul 1914, and the North Sea 1915-1918.

HMAS Australia was decommissioned on 12th December 1921 and scuttled in accordance with the Washington Treaty. On 12th April 1924, after being decorated with wreaths and honoured with a 21-gun salute, the first flagship of the Royal Australian Navy slipped beneath the surface at Sydney Heads, marking the end of a spectacular era. The Commonwealth Government wanted all Australians to have a permanent souvenir of this important vessel, so a photo was taken and 1036 prints made. Each print was framed in the teak salvaged from the ship’s deck. The prints were sent to all municipalities as a souvenir.

This print and frame is the one sent to this area (DC Freeling) in 1925; found in an upstairs storeroom at the Freeling Institute in poor condition, it has been painstakingly restored by committee member Phil Taylor. The restored print will be hung in the foyer at the Freeling Institute for the community to enjoy.