Australia Day Awards Presentation Event

The Australia Day Awards are the highest honour Council can bestow upon an individual or group for their ongoing and special contribution to our community. The 2018 Awards will be presented at a special event on Thursday 25 January 2018 at the Sorell memorial Hall beginning at 7.00pm.

Highlights of the event include:
· Australia Day Ambassador Heather Francis
· Award winning Bream Creek Wines
· Finger food
· Live music by Grant Woodward & Stacey Loukis Duo
· Affirmation Ceremony
· Citizenship Ceremony

Awards will be presented in the following categories:
· Citizen of the Year
· Young Citizen of the Year
· Community Group of the Year
· Community Event of the Year

The event is open to members of the public but those wishing to attend must RSVP by Friday 19 January 2018 to Council on 6269 0000 or

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Key Details


25 January


From 7PM


Sorell Memorial Hall
Sorell Memorial Hall
Cole Street


Sonia Pullen

Event Website

Free Event

Australia Day Ambassador

Heather Francis
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Born and raised in Southern Tasmania, Heather enjoyed a childhood that found her regularly heading to the beautiful north west of her island home to enjoy typical Aussie summer holidays on the beach, exploring almost all the nooks across that region with a family that loved to discover new places to fall in love with. Throughout her younger years, Heather also made regular visits to Hydro towns with her dad and, when an opportunity came along to live and work in the central highlands and far southwest for a number of years in her first job, she jumped at the chance to reconnect with these places, adding in regular work on King Island too. Pursuing a career path that has largely focused on health and education in different positions across the State, Heather’s current roles provide an opportunity to blend her experiences and skills in endeavouring to make a difference through a range of not for profit organisations. Heather has been CEO of the RHH Research Foundation for over six years where she enjoys the chance to use her former background as an academic to guide a grant program that has funded over $7m in local clinical research. Heather is also a Director on the Board of Primary Health Tasmania, a role that she has held since 2013 which enables her to assist guiding delivery of health services in a manner designed to best meet the specific needs of communities across the state. Heather has been a member of the Tasmanian Community Fund Board for four years and describes this as a privilege in guiding a significant grant funding program that invests into not for profit organisations for activities that benefit communities in an enormously diverse range of ways. More recently, Heather was appointed as Chair of the St Michael’s Collegiate School Board, providing a chance to apply a passion for good governance in an area that she is equally committed to – delivering outstanding educational opportunities for young women and girls. After being appointed to the Tasmanian Women’s Council, more recently Heather has Chaired the Panel of Judges for the Tasmanian Honour Roll of Women. In 2013, Heather was honoured to be recognised as Tasmanian Business Woman of the Year for the Community/Government sector, but she does cite her most significant and fulfilling role as being a very hands-on mum to two active teenagers. She has hiked with them across many of our state’s most beautiful and remote areas and hopes that they will continue to share her passion for our island home.

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