Australia Day

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Australia Day at St Marys Park

Join us for Australia Day on Sunday 26 January 2020 at St Marys Park, Laura Avenue, St Marys from 8am to 11am.

With the exciting renovations that are underway at Carrick Hill we are moving our Australia Day celebrations to St Marys Park.

Come and enjoy the newly refurbished space at St Marys Park for our Australia Day event with a free ‘Aussie BBQ’. Enjoy musical entertainment, plus free face painting and other activities for the kids including a come and try sports that are held at St Marys Park.

As part of the Australia Day event join us to celebrate the amazing members of the City of Mitcham as we honour them for their contribution to our community by acknowledging them with the City of Mitcham Citizen of the Year Awards.

Following this presentation, we will welcome our newest citizens by sharing in their final steps during our Citizenship Ceremony.

For more information about Council’s Australia Day celebrations follow us on Facebook, call 8372 8888 or email

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Australia Day Citizen of the Year Award - Mr Ian Steel OAM 

Mr Ian Steel OAM is the Founder and CEO of Kickstart for Kids. In 2011 Ian founded Kickstart for Kids on the belief that every child, regardless of their social or economic background should have an equal chance to succeed. Kickstart for Kids facilitate this belief by running breakfast and lunch programs, mentoring programs and providing basic clothing and healthcare support in South Australian schools, as well as the latest venture of Camp Kickstart.

Kickstart for Kids currently serves around 50,000 breakfasts and 10,000 lunches per week in 350 SA schools; all of this work is supported by over 600 volunteers. Over 100 Kickstart for Kids mentors are currently volunteering in schools around Adelaide spending an hour a week with a child who is at risk of disengaging from the education system, or someone who needs a significant adult in their lives.

Camp Kickstart is a school holiday care program for vulnerable and disadvantaged children aged 5 to 13 who don’t look forward to the holidays like their peers might as they are experiencing hardship. So far, over 300 kids have attended Camp Kickstart across five South Australian locations.

Thank you Ian for having the strength to follow your heart and establish an organisation to assist the children in our state. Your work will touch many people in many ways.

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