Australia Day Awards

Mitcham Council presents Australia Day Awards each year. Awards are presented to acknowledge achievements by individuals or groups living and/or working in Mitcham who have made outstanding contributions to our community.

The Australia Day Awards provide unique recognition for some of the outstanding work of residents and are part of the Council's commitment to strengthening community participation within the City.

The Australia Day Awards are supported by the Australia Day Council of South Australia and are administered by Local Government Authorities throughout South Australia on behalf of the Council. The Award ceremony takes place on Australia Day.

Applications for Award recipients is now closed. The winner of the Australia Day Awards will be presented at our Australia Day Event at Carrick Hill on Saturday January 26, 2019. See below for details on our Awards from this year. 

For more information about the Australia Day Awards contact 8372 8888 or email

Australia Day Awards Presentation 2018  

Mitcham residents joined together to celebrate Australia Day and a Citizenship Ceremony, complete with a pancake breakfast and Bush Tucker at the beautiful grounds of Carrick Hill. 

Guests enjoyed live music from the soulful voice of Katie Miller, Mitcham City Brass Band, a welcome to country by Allen Edwards and a pancake breakfast cooked by the Rotary Clubs of Mitcham and Brownhill Creek. 

The Australia Day Awards were also presented to individuals who have made significant contributions to our local area. 

Citizen of the Year Award - Professor Jegan Krishnan

Citizen of the Year Award - Professor Jegan Krishnan  MBBS, FRACS (Orth), Ph.D 

Professor Jegan Krishnan is an orthopaedic surgeon who is devoted to his patients and has dedicated his entire life in the pursuit of teaching and nurturing other surgeons and supporting patients around the world. 

Jegan has spent time in Zimbabwe, Fiji, Rwanda, India and China teaching local practitioners shoulder and hand surgery techniques. He also has a keen interest in the design of a prototype metacarpophalangeal finger joint for the rheumatoid hand. 

He is the Chair of Orthopaedic Surgery at Flinders University, a member of the Australian Shoulder and Elbow Society, the Australian Hip Society and the Australian Hand Surgery Society and sits on the Heads of Departments of Orthopaedic Surgery South Australia. 

The Citizen of the Year Award was collected by Professor Jegan Krishan’s nephew, Ganesch Krishnan, pictured with Mayor Glenn Spear.

Senior Citizen of the Year - Helen Scarborough 

Senior Citizen of the Year - Helen Scarborough

Helen Scarborough has a passion for Australia’s history and heritage, and dedicates her time to bringing history alive for children, for people suffering dementia, and the community. 

Helen generously shares her historical collection with school children and groups and recently participated in our Mitcham Remembers event. Older visitors have delighted in reminiscing about the ‘good old days’ while children have experienced the work and play of earlier generations and learnt how everyday life has changed. From experiencing an old fashioned phone that requires dialling, to turning the hand washing wheel, to heating up an iron to remove creases from sheets – she tells the story of our past with enthusiasm and flair. 

Helen is currently working with Flinders Medical Research to explore the opportunity of having people with dementia visit and use her old equipment to assist in memory recall and bring momentary enjoyment. 

Helen Scarborough and Mayor Glenn Spear

Community Event of the Year Award - The Blackwood Action Group for the Blackwood Christmas Tree FestivalCommunity Event of the Year Award – Blackwood Action Group for the Blackwood Christmas Tree Festival 

The Blackwood Action Group, with the support of many volunteers, re-introduced the much loved Blackwood Christmas Tree Festival to share the Christmas spirit with the local community. 

Families bring their children to meet Santa, enjoy Christmas craft and food activities, be entertained by the buskers and carol singers, participate in a silent auction of hand decorated Christmas trees, and experience the magic and talents of the Blackwood community. 

The Blackwood Christmas Tree Festival, held in conjunction with the Blackwood Lions Pageant and the Blackwood Rotary Fair and Christmas Market on the first weekend in December, links thousands of people together through tree decorating and raises funds for charity. The event also provides an opportunity for businesses to get involved with their local community through the donation of a beautifully decorated Christmas tree. 

Brian Ferris, President of the Blackwood Action Group and Kay Maughton (on behalf of Pauline Dodd, Event Manager) with Mayor Glenn Spear.

For more information about the Australia Day Awards contact 8372 8888 or email

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