The Australia Day Awards are part of a group of awards coordinated through the National Australia Day Council and administrated by local councils throughout Australia. These awards are the highest honour a Council can bestow on an individual or group for outstanding contribution to their local community.

Award categories include:

  • Citizen of the Year
  • Young Citizen of the Year
  • Community Event or Group of the year

Nominations are now open for the Australia Day Awards 2021 are currently closed.

2020 Australia Day Award Recipients

2020 Young Citizen of the Year recipient was Madeline Wade, Madeline is currently the Chairperson of the Tasman District Parents & Friends Group where she is involved with numerous fundraising events and activities for school students during the school year. Madeline is also an active volunteer of the Boxing Day Woodchop, Tasman Arts & Crafts Exhibition, Captain of the ladies social netball team and P&F representative with Tasman District School Association. Madeline was a previous member of the Spring Board Program with Lendlease, and has also recently become  a member of Tasman Rural Youth all whilst working two jobs and completing her Diploma of Nursing.

2020 Citizen of the Year was awarded to Mr Barry Jennings, Barry came to the Peninsula in 1965 as a teacher at the local School, after retirement Barry has continued with mentoring programs at the school along with recently restoring the native gardens at the school.

Barry has served previously as President of the Tasman Rotary to which he is still an active member, assisting with projects like the fit out of the Rotary Food Van, vegetable boxes, working with Rotary and Lions in a joint garden project at the local nursing home.  These are just some of the many projects Barry has been a part of during his time with Rotary.

Barry is a Volunteer with Break a Way Holiday House, which is part of The Parkside Foundation providing low cost holiday options to families with ongoing health concerns. Barry has also upgraded the bathrooms of local residents with increasing mobility problems.

Barry is a member of the Peninsula Feast Committee and is invaluable in his role as site manager on the day of the event.

Barry is the Chair of the Port Arthur Historic Site Community Advisory Committee, and has been a leading contributor to the Centenary of ANZAC foreshore trail in Nubeena. Barry’s passion for highlighting the Peninsulas history and his talent with woodwork, seen him restore the Honour Roll boards within the Community and create the Margaret Scott Memorial Bookcase which can be seen I the local library.

These are just some of the many projects Barry has been part of as a volunteer for the Tasman Community, making him a deserving recipient of this award.

2020 Community Event of the Year was awarded to the Port Arthur Boxing Day Woodchop event, this event is reported to be the longest continuous sporting event in Australia.  The event has gone from strength to strength in recent years under the stewardship of Sharon and Gerald Oakley, who work with the Southern Tasmanian Axemen’s Association to bring this event together attracting axemen, axe women and juniors from all over Australia and overseas to Port Arthur to compete.

This event would not be possibly without the enormous effort from Sharon’s family and the band of volunteers who assist ensuring this important event on the Tasman Calendar continues into the future.

On behalf of Tasman Mayor, Councillors and Staff Congratulations to all recipients and thank you for your contribution to our Community.

Photographed below from L-R: Mr Barry Jennings, Mayor Kelly Spaulding, Mrs Sharon Oakley, Miss Madeline Wade


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