Australia Day

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Australia Day, January 26, is observed as a public holiday in all states and territories.

There are so many great things about our country; the people, the land, our diversity, our indigenous cultures, our freedom and democracy and our enduring spirit of mateship and fairness.

The Glenelg Shire helps you to recognise this day by hosting Australia Day Celebrations in Casterton and Portland. These events include the presentations of the Citizen of the Year Awards.

Council also supports community organised activities in Heywood, Merino and Nelson.  

Casterton Civic Event Details

Island Park, Casterton

8.00am – 10am

  • Free Breakfast
  • Live music from the Stumpy Gully Bush Band and Casterton Vice Regal Band
  • Official proceedings including the presentations of the 2023 Glenelg Shire Australia Day Award winners
  • Guest speaker: (John) Jack Matthews 

Portland Civic Event Details

Portland Library Deck, Portland

8.00am – 10am

  • Free Breakfast
  • Live music from Jeff Mizzi
  • Official proceedings including Citizenship Ceremony and presentations of the Glenelg Shire 2023 Australia Day Award winners
  • Guest Speaker: Dr Denis Napthine



  • Thursday, 26 January 2023 | 08:00 AM - 11:00 PM