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Australia Day is a time for all Australians to reflect, respect and celebrate. Australia Day is about our ever-evolving story of our nation – our history, our lives and most of all our people. It is a day where we can reflect on the past, present and future.

“Over the past year our region has once again faced drought, floods, fire and personal tragedies that have seen our communities rally together and support one another. Australia Day 2024 presents us with a welcome opportunity to reflect on our recent challenges, appreciate those who put others before themselves and celebrate our region’s resilience and unity,” Mayor Les Hotz said.

Council looks forward to hosting our second Regional Australia Day event which will this year be held in Biggenden and we are pleased to announce, we have the privilege of welcoming Paul Dellit OAM, as our Australia Day Ambassador for 2024.

“I am thrilled Paul Dellit OAM is joining us for our 2024 Regional Australia Day celebration in Biggenden. Paul will present the keynote address at the event as part of his Australia Day Ambassador duties.”

Paul Dellit OAM is an accomplished actor, musician, director, and producer. With a career spanning decades, Paul’s outstanding contribution to the Arts Industry has been recognised through numerous awards including the Gold Matilda Award, Alan Edwards Lifetime Achievement Award, Centenary Medal and in 2017 he was honoured with a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM). To learn more about Paul, visit

“We encourage and extend a warm welcome to all community members and visitors from across our region, to reflect, respect and celebrate Australia Day in Biggenden. If you are passionate about performing arts, are an artist or emerging artist, we especially encourage you to join us and to meet Paul,” Mayor Les Hotz said.

Council would like to congratulate all 2024 Australia Day Award Nominees. To be nominated for an Australia Day award is an immense honour. The following nominees have been recognised and valued for their contributions to improving the lives of others and within our communities by their peers.

Audrey Mooney
Gordon Brian
Kirsten Robinson
Mundubbera Hospital Auxiliary
Bella Southern
Irene Duda
Laura Maeyke
Raine Eastcott
Brian and Margaret Stewart
Jane Glenn
Lincoln Tebbit
Rosie Halt
Brian Lowe
Julie Just
Lyn Serisier
Russell Mills
Casey Cleary
Kaiden Ratcliff
Matthew Duffin
Sienna Slattery
Coalstoun Lakes Community Connect
Kaysie Roberts
Monto Cutting Club
Tony Becker
David Allen
Kerrie Pointon
Monto Minnie’s – U15 State Netball Team
Wally Benham

Come along and enjoy a free Aussie breakfast, family friendly activities, food, music and congratulate our Australia Day Award recipients. We will also be welcoming our newest citizens as part of the Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony.

Mayor Hotz said, “Doing something Australian like getting together with family or friends to celebrate our award nominees and new citizens at a local community event is what Australia Day is all about.”

Event details are:
Date: Friday, 26 January 2024
8:00am: Breakfast and live music
9:00am: Awards and Citizenship Ceremony
10.30am – 12 noon: Live music and entertainment
Place: Biggenden Memorial Hall (corner of Victora and Frederick Street
Biggenden QLD 4621)

Council was successful in receiving a 2024 Australia Day Community Events Program grant, ‘Assisted by the Australian Government through the National Australia Day Council’. We would like to thank and acknowledge the National Australia Day Council for their support to assist Council in delivering our Regional Australia Day community celebration in Biggenden.

For further information, please contact Council on 1300 696 272, email or visit