Australia Day



Australia Day 2022.

Due to recent changes to public health orders, capacity limits and other various restrictions the planned Australia Day 2022 Awards and Citizenship ceremonies events have changed.

The event was scheduled to be staged at the Collarenebri Bowling Club this year, however in a bid to offer the broader community a safe COVID friendly event, the event has now been scheduled to be staged outdoors at the Walgett Swimming Pool, Fox St Walgett.

With so many restrictions in place and changes made every few days dependent on case numbers the reality of staging the event indoors in a smaller space is not in the best interests of community. Consultations with Australia Day Council and our local event organizers ruled out the venue in Collarenebri due to guidelines and advice. Council will ensure future Australia Day celebrations in the years to come will take place at Collarenebri aiming at inclusivity for all our communities and residents in such events.

The Walgett Shire Australia Day Awards and Citizenship ceremonies will now take place at the Pool in Walgett. The day will kick off at 8am with breakfast (individually wrapped/ served), coffee, juice and water to those attending. This will be served from 8am-9am. Following this the ceremony and awards presentations will take place. The official ceremony and awards will conclude around 10.30 am. From 11am the three larger pools in the Shire, Walgett, Lightning Ridge and Collarenebri will offer free entry for all participating and a free “Aussie” meat pie, drink and ice block from 12 pm.

Throughout the day there will be music playing and the youth and community development teams will be conducting lucky entry raffles and prizes and give-aways for novelty games throughout the day.

General Manager Michael Urquhart said, “We need to be cognizant of the current situation with the pandemic and our teams are doing their best to ensure that people across the Shire can still engage in a day of relaxation, good spirits and celebrate the Australian way”. This would be a great way to spend the day at the local pools with family members and friends.  Organizers are quick to remind all that the COVID restrictions, safe food practices and public health orders will be strictly adhered to and enforced  at all venues,  minimizing any issues and make for a fun day for all.


For further information contact:

George McCormick, Manager Community Development   PH.  0268286107

Australia Day Events happening in Collarenebri

Australia Day Events happening in Lightning Ridge

Australia Day Events happening in Walgett







The 2022 Australia Day Awards recognise Walgett Shire unsung heroes. The awards pay tribute to the special people in our community who have gone above and beyond to help improve the lives of others and contribute to a diverse, friendly and strong community.

This special person could be your neighbour, a friend or someone you have come across through your local school, church or sporting group. Whoever comes to mind, they are someone who works selflessly to help improve your life and the lives of others.

The efforts of these quiet achievers can often go unnoticed in our busy lives. The Australia Day Awards are about taking the time to ensure these remarkable individuals are honoured and receive the recognition they deserve. We are all part of the story.

The Australia Day Awards are presented annually to local citizens and groups who have made outstanding contributions to the community. The awards are provided by the National Australia Day Council and are administered by local councils throughout Australia on their behalf.

Australia Day Awards are presented in the following categories:

  • Citizen of the Year
  • Young Citizen of the Year
  • Health Award
  • Business Award
  • Student Citizenship Award
  • Volunteer of the Year Award
  • Lifetime Achievement Award


Nominations are no closed for 2022. For more information please contact George on (02) 6828 6107. Completed nomination forms should be sent to

Australia Day Awards 2022 Guidelines and Nomination Form

Australia Day Media Release 22 October 2021