Australia Day 2024

Published 9th January 2024

This Australia Day we are heading to Pioneer Park, Karoonda for a BBQ breakfast to gather with friends, family and community to reflect, respect and celebrate.

Congratulations to our Australia Day award recipients, we’re so proud to have such extraordinary citizens call our district home!

  • Citizen of Year - Elizabeth Kerr
  • Young Citizen of the Year - Matilda Baumgurtel
    Award for Active Citizenship - Janine Dutschke
  • Community Event of the Year - Karoonda & District Soldiers' Memorial Hospital 50th Anniversary Celebrations
  • **Special Commendation** Community Event of the Year - Sandalwood Hall Centenary Celebrations

We’re also pleased to announce we have secured Professor Jennifer McKay AM as our Australia Day Ambassador who will join us for the morning celebrations!  
Professor McKay is an academic lawyer with a passion for research to celebrate some but reform other laws to achieve a sound and clean environment for future generations. Having conducted research in all Australian states and been a trusted advisor to governments to move toward inclusive laws on water and environmental management. Jennifer is a lover of trees and animals and enjoys the outback and meeting community members engaged in actions to improve our common future.