The annual Baw Baw Shire Australia Day Awards ceremony honours and acknowledges individuals and groups who have made a noteworthy contribution during the current year and/or given outstanding service to the local community over a number of years.
Use the drop down box below to learn more about our 2023 award recipients.
Matt is a Baw Baw native and a previous Baw Baw Australia Day Medallion recipient. A suicide survivor, Matt has worked tirelessly for the past seven years as a full-time mental health advocate to create awareness, acceptance and education. Using his knowledge of lived experience, Matt and Mindfull Aus encourage others to feel comfortable to speak up and manage their wellbeing. Mindfull Aus’ offices are based locally in Drouin, and they run numerous community events, speaking engagements, workshops and programs.
Christine was awarded for her contribution to the community through her work with the West Gippsland Healthcare Group, Trafalgar Bendigo Bank Committee, Celebrate Baw Baw, Baw Baw Latrobe LLEN and the Gippsland Committee for the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Koby was awarded for the creation of a social group in the Baw Baw Shire area. The group encourages people to go out, make friends, socialise and connect with other like-minded people and thereby providing a safe and welcoming space, especially during and following COVID times.
Paul was awarded for his ongoing contribution to the community through his volunteer work with the Friends of Mt Worth, Community Radio 3BBR, CFA, Baw Baw Sustainability Network and Landcare.
Tetoora Road Community Centre were awarded for their centenary celebrations that were held in October. The event was a significant and special community event for both those who contributed and attended. The event encouraged ongoing belonging and connectedness among a community that is heavily rural and distanced by the nature of rural living and promoted the community centre’s history and future.
Aberfeldy & District Association Inc. were awarded for their contribution to the local community through its purposeful commitment to encouraging community participation, activity and support and its generosity and committed involvement of group members who inspire, encourage and foster collaboration and support.
Mia was awarded for her contribution to the community as an inspiring advocate for health, fitness, mental health and social connection through the ‘Aim 2 Run’ initiative.
Mia is a role model and leader for other young people within the community, particularly young women.
John was awarded for the many years he has spent dedicated to volunteer work and his continued support for local community and sporting groups, organisations and businesses within the Shire.
John generously provides his time and knowledge, sponsorship and mentorship to individuals and businesses within Baw Baw Shire, and has been recognised as being a true leader and role model among the community.
Thank you to all community members who made a nomination for the 2023 awards.
Nominations for the 2024 awards will open in October/November 2023.
To be eligible to receive an Australia Day Award the following criteria must be met:
No self-nominations will be accepted, however, group self-nominations are accepted.
Recipient is someone who has demonstrated through their hard work and dedication that they:
Recipient is someone who:
An organisation or group that:
Recipient is an organisation or group which:
Recipients will be selected by a panel consisting of the Mayor, Councillors and Council Officers. The panel will consider all eligible entries against the assessment criteria and select the most outstanding nominee in each category.
Award recipients will be notified in December and publicly announced at the annual Baw Baw Shire Council Australia Day Awards ceremony in January 2024.
Have questions? We’re here to help! For more information about the Baw Baw Shire Australia Day Awards, please contact Council’s Community Events Team on 1300 229 229 or by email at email@example.com