Australia Day
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Australia Day

Celebrate what's great about being an Aussie!

First introduced in 1991, the Cook Shire Council Australia Day Awards are endorsed by Federal and State Governments in line with the National Australia Day Awards and recognise outstanding achievement within our community.

Individuals and groups from within our community who have made a noteworthy contribution during the year, and/or have contributed outstanding service to the community over a number of years are eligible.

When are the Awards presented and what do the winners receive?

Award recipients will be presented with a certificate and a trophy by Cook Shire Mayor Peter Scott. 

The 2024 presentation will take place in the evening on Thursday 25 January 2024 in Cooktown. 

Who can be nominated?

Nominees should be residents of Cook Shire and Australian Citizens who, through their personal efforts, have made a significant contribution to their community. Categories allow for nominations of persons of any age. Sitting state and federal politicians, current vice-regal officers and current elected members of council are not eligible.

Award categories are:

  • Citizen of the Year
  • Young Citizen of the Year (15-25 years old) 
  • Volunteer of the Year (Group or Individual)
  • Sports Award (Group, Individual or Event)
  • Arts and Culture Award (Group, Individual or Event)
  • Environment Award (Individual)

How do I nominate?

Nominations are open until Monday 27 November 2023. Nominations can be made online. Hard copies are also available to pick up at Council's administration office or the Cooktown, Ayton, Laura, Lakeland and Coen libraries.

More Information?

Further information can be obtained by contacting Council's Tourism and Events Officer on 4082 0500 or by.

ABN: 45 425 085 688

10 Furneaux Street Cooktown, Qld 4895

Mail: PO Box 3 Cooktown, Qld 4895


Phone: (07) 4082 0500

Fax: (07) 4082 0588

Hours: 8.45am-4.45pm Monday to Friday