Australia Day Awards

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

The Australia Day Awards provide recognition for the outstanding work of residents and are part of the Council's commitment to strengthening and acknowledging 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.

We invite you to nominate an exceptional human being in one of the following categories:

Australia Day Citizen of the Year Award

Awarded to persons over 30 years who have contributed in an outstanding way to the local community.

Australia Day Young Citizen of the Year Award

Awarded to persons under 30 years who have contributed in an outstanding way to the local community.

The Community Event of the Year Award

Awarded to the person or group who has staged the most outstanding community event during the year.

Award for Active Citizenship (new category 2021)

This Award is for a person or a group who have delivered / are delivering outstanding work for an event or cause in the community during the last year to assist those facing the many challenges that have been presented to us.

Nominations have now closed. Winners will be announced at our Australia Day Celebration in 2021.

For further information please call 8372 8129 and speak to Nat or email

The Award Recipients for 2020 are:

Australia Day Citizen of the Year Award - Joint Recipient

David Ennis

David has provided outstanding service to the City of Mitcham through his work with the Repatriation Hospital, Repatriation Museum, local and state Church Councils, volunteering roles and with Springbank Secondary College (previously Pasadena High School) educating students on the Australian Armed Forces.

Along with his late wife Maxine, David founded the Repatriation Museum in 1992 to preserve and display memorabilia from the major world wars. As well as his significant involvement with the Repat Hospital and Museum, David was involved in local and state Church Councils and served as a volunteer at Bedford Industries, Balyana Disability Services and Resthaven Aged Care. He was a member of the Department of Veterans Affairs Commemorations Committee. David also helped establish a chaplaincy program at Pasadena High School and continues to work to increase student awareness about the contribution and sacrifice of those who served in the armed forces. He supported the planning and construction of Springbank RAAF Camp Memorial Garden and started an education fund to support the annual REPAT Memorial Award.

We thank David  for his significant lifelong volunteering efforts and personal contributions to our community.

Australia Day Citizen of the Year Award - Joint Recipients

Elisabeth and Geoffrey Bartlett

Elisabeth and Geoffrey have provided outstanding community service to the Blackwood hills and Mitcham hills community for over five decades through the Blackwood South Neighbourhood Watch and Blackwood Action Group.

In the early 1990s Elisabeth and Geoffrey established the Blackwood South Neighbourhood Watch which became the Blackwood Action Group in 2009. Together they have supported community projects such as the maintenance of the Coromandel Railway Station, Coromandel Station and Blackwood Station gardens, landscaping the area around the Old Farmhouse Cottage at Blackwood Hill Reserve, the Red Bows Christmas community project, installing planter boxes and planter beds in Blackwood Shopping Centre. They have also established a Community Links Group to raise funds for BEACON and established a History Sub-Committee which has published a book entitled All Good Things Come From The Hills.

We thank Elisabeth and Geoffrey for their continued support, time, commitment, belief and passion for their local community.

Australia Day Community Event of the Year Award

Mitcham Band Festival delivered by Mitcham City Brass

The Mitcham Band Festival, hosted by Mitcham City Brass, has become a very successful annual event, not only for the City of Mitcham community, but the community of Adelaide. The 2019 Festival exceeded everyone’s expectations, and its success has showcased the Mitcham area, the Vogue Theatre, South Australia and Mitcham City Brass globally.

For the first time, the Mitcham Band Festival 2019 was live-streamed worldwide, by The live-stream was viewed by over 2800 people (a large number from the UK, Europe, Canada and New Zealand) not only watching the event but enjoying a narration about the City of Mitcham area.

We thank Mitcham City Brass for organising the Mitcham Band Festival, volunteering their time, and for bringing a beautiful community event to life.

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