Australia Day 2024

Respectful and inclusive Australia Day events will take place in both Geraldton and Mullewa on Friday 26 January. 

Programme of events for Geraldton Foreshore:   

7:30am - 12pm Open water swim & kids beach party – Champion Bay Surf Life Saving Club

8am - 9am Sunrise Yoga with Geraldton Yoga Club under the trees next to Geraldton Yacht Club

8:00am - 12pm Market stalls- between Dome and The Jaffle Shack

8:00am - 2:00pm Classic car display – Next to Dome Café

5:00pm - 9:00pm Concert & food court- Stow Gardens

8:30pm - Fireworks- Stow Gardens (weather dependent)

Programme of events for QEII Seniors and Community Centre 

10.30am-11.30am Citizenship and Community Citizen of the Year Awards Ceremony

2pm-4pm Free afternoon tea and concert for seniors.

Programme of events for Mullewa Doc Docherty Pool 

7.30am- Australia Day breakfast, Community Citizen of the Year Award Ceremony with a welcome dance by Binmaga Dance group.

All events are subject to change

Check back soon for more information.

Community Citizen of the Year Award Nominees 

Community Citizen of the Year Awards

Active Citizenship

  • Chapman River Friends – Raising awareness and educating the community about the environmental importance and cultural significance of the Chapman River Regional Park
  • Christmas Bonanza – Euphorium team who volunteer their time to bring the community together for events.
  • Switched on Seniors – Volunteers helping seniors gain new skills and confidence using technology.
  • Geraldton Yoga – 14 local yoga teachers who increase the community’s health and wellbeing through yoga.

Community Citizen of the Year

  • Gerard Marquis – Volunteers to keep the junior cricket going in the region and organises the team to attend Country Week every year.
  • Donna Anderson – A community orientated person who gives up a lot of her time and patience. A very caring smile that brightens your day.
  • Prakas Neupane – Supports local producers and provides the best quality, service, and price through his Midwest Fresh Market.
  • Bryan Bird – Contributing to the community working as a police officer for over 30+ years who has saved countless lives.
  • Josephine Norman – Volunteering her time to clean/de clutter over 300 homes in Geraldton to people who are in need.
  • Dr Taryn Leigh Foster – Is working hard to save the planet’s most biodiverse ecosystem, coral reefs. Designing unique system that automates coral propagation.
  • Belinda Flavel – Who always encourages others to seek help and has start BeStable an assisted counselling program for adults and children.
  • Brie-anne Mauger – Volunteered with the police rangers for over 15 years working with the youth of the Geraldton Community
  • Kiara Jones – Successfully managing both Wandina Playgroup and Geraldton Toy Library also Vice President of Toy Libraries Australia
  • Chantel Crinquand –Chantal is the founder and driver behind the popular Geraldton Yoga Club running for over 6 years.

Senior Community Citizen of the Year

  • Carol Williams – Carol volunteers daily for several local organisations such as Centacare, Parkrun, and Gero Clean Up Crew.
  • Yvonne Lovedee – Establishing the Midwest Multicultural Association bringing together cultural groups.
  • Karen Giles – Creates baby bundles/packs for expecting parents using donations from the community.
  • Lenci Millman – For over 15 years Lenci has volunteered at Geraldton Dog Rescue and has a passion for all animals.

Young Community Citizen of the Year

  • James Treasure – Very active in Woorree Scout Group and attends Clean Up Australia leading him to try and get his school to recycle.
  • Elizabeth Lockyer – A vital member of Geraldton Suicide Prevention Group, dedicating her time to increasing mental health.
  • Jessica Jones – First WA winner of the Bunnings Warehouse Australia Trade Women in Apprenticeship Award with only 10 awards on offer.
  • Sabine Angelatos – An amazing contributor to the Serpents Water Polo Club and contributed to Geraldton Surf Lifesaving Club.


  • Mullewa Wildflower Show Committee – 35 years of dedication to the Mullewa Community, providing a tourist attraction with no outside funding.
  • Tara Merry – Supporting and uplifting indigenous youth and actively working to create opportunities for the young community.