Australia Day

26 January 2015

86 days to go

Citizen of the Year

Who makes a real difference in your community?

The Citizen of the Year Awards are proudly presented by the Australia Day Council of South Australia, sponsored by San Remo, Stratco and Channel 9, and administered by local Councils.

The purpose is to recognise those people in the local community that are making outstanding contributions. On Australia Day every year every local council will name their Citizen of the Year for their local community and on Australia Day eve a State winnner will be named in each category. See below for the state winners for Australia Day 2013.  

Nominations for the Citizen of the Year Award are now open! For more information please go to our website

Citizen of the Year

2014 Australia Day Award Recipients

The South Australian Citizen of the Year 2014 - Peter Ancell (Coorong District Council)

Peter Ancell is an enthusiastic, inspirational and dedicated person inspires and encourages others to become involved in community activities and volunteers for numerous organisations within the Meningie region, to such an impact that there are not many people in the Coorong District Council of Coorong that haven’t benefited from Peter's efforts. These are too numerous to list but include working for the CFS for 25 years and donating some of his land to house one of its stations, Chairing the Meningie and District Hospital Board for 9 years, Chairing the Cheese Factory Museum and work on the Meningie Show, Australia Day Fun Run, Christmas pageant and Driver Reviver events. Peter stands out for his active role in these many organisations, his drive to make a difference which has included raising significant funds and results such as extensions of the hospital, purchase of a building for the Cheese Museum. He does these things very humbly and without expectation. Peter is a wonderful example of the importance of local voluntary contribution to the betterment of the community

Congratulations Peter!

The South Australian Young Citizen of the Year 2014 - Zachary Caudo (District Council of Loxton Waikerie)

Zac is an avid promoter of the Riverland and a young man who has achieved much already despite his years. Through his families winery he has invited international wine groups from Asia to the Riverland to promote regional products  and received countless wine medals over the years. He also introduced the True Grit event to Waikerie- the first Australian Military inspired Obstacle Course in 2013 which brought 9000 visitors to the Riverland. Zac also developed the “Wake-Up at Hogwash” Wakeboard competition first held in 2009 which provides beginner wake-boarders  the opportunity to compete against the states best. Zac is a wonderful role model for young people who can have a role in their county’s future direction and especially impact upon their region. 

Congratulations Zac!

The South Australian Community Event of the Year 2013 - Joint Winners

Clare Valley Carnival of Music (Clare& Gilbert Valley Council)

HATS Incorporated is a not for profit cultural organisation involving a large group of volunteers who organized the Clare Valley Carnival of Music which incorporated professional musicians, singers and dancers whilst giving amateurs and young people experience  Utilising the Courthouse Cultural Centre in Auburn, which the group established as a unique 100 seat heritage performance venue,  the festival is a huge success increasing tourism and visitation to the region. The HATS organization is a great example of how a dedicated community group can improve and impact  their local community through the Arts whilst utilising its unique heritage in a positive way. 

Congratulations to the team behind the Clare Valley Carnival of Music!

Kodomo-no-Hi Japan Festival (City of West Torrens) 


The Kodomo-no-Hi (which means Children’s Day) Japan Festival has been held annually for fifteen years and is now the largest community based Japan festival in the country attracting an excess of 5000 people who enjoy a variety of performances, demonstrations,  and exhibitions on Japan including martial arts, tea ceremonies, ikebana and bonsai, Japanese craft workshops and a variety of Japanese cuisine. The Festival draws people from all over the metropolitan area and for those Japanese people residing in Adelaide it is considered a major occasion where they can celebrate their culture. 

Congratulations to the team behind The Kodomo-no-Hi Festival!

Local Councils can download a range of documents to assist with their Citizen of the Year Awards program at