Council celebrates Australia Day

On Australia Day, Alice Springs Town Council will confer citizenship on 54 residents of Central Australia and announce the winners of the 2016 Australia Day Awards.

“Australia Day is a wonderful opportunity to welcome new citizens to Alice Springs and to celebrate the outstanding contributions members of our community have made,” Mayor Damien Ryan said.

The Alice Springs Town Council Australia Day Ceremony commences at 7:30am on Tuesday 26 January and includes:

-       Flag raising ceremony

-       Citizenship and Affirmation ceremonies

-       Presentation of the 2016 Australia Day Ambassador for Alice Springs, Ms Emma Rossi, media personality

-       Presentation of the Australia Day Awards - Centralian Citizen of the Year, Young Centralian Citizen of the Year, Community Event of the Year, Volunteer of the Year and Student Citizen Awards

-       Presentation of winners of the Australia Day 3.5km Family Fun Run/Walk

(Hosted by the Alice Springs Running and Walking Club, the 3.5km run/walk starts and finishes at the southern entrance of Todd Mall at 6am)

-       Cutting of the Australia Day cake - people born on 26 January (“26ers”) are invited to come along and cut the cake.

-       FREE community sausage sizzle

To further celebrate Australia Day, Alice Springs Aquatic and Leisure Centre is holding a Triple J Hottest 100 party. All entries for the day are FREE and the celebrations include live music, a barbecue and much more!


The winners in each of the categories of the Australia Day Awards are:

Centralian Citizen of the Year (Apex) – Gerry Lyons 

Gerry, aka G-man, is tirelessly committed to the Alice Springs community. He voluntarily assists local community activities and displays an abundance of enthusiasm MCing for numerous cultural events.

G-man has a big voice and a big heart. He is a major asset to our community with his inspiring personality. His can-do attitude of wanting to help makes him an invaluable and memorable citizen in our community.

Young Centralian Citizen of the Year (Lions) – Caleb Maru

In his role with the Youth Action Group, Caleb has contributed to the successful running of a vast array of youth events.

Caleb also helped create the “Aware Project”, designed as a social media platform to encourage young people to share their stories about issues affecting them.

Caleb works hard at everything he puts his mind to, often volunteering his services to causes he is passionate about.

Volunteer of the Year – Ben Crawford

Ben has been a valued member of the Apex Club for 20 years. He is a leader who is normally first on the job and the last one to leave. He has served in numerous positions and is currently Vice President. Ben mentors other members in their positions on the board and plays an integral role in the operation of Apex events.

Ben is well-respected within the community who volunteers his time to support local organisations and families in need.

Community Event of the Year – Red Centre NATS

The inaugural Red Centre NATS held in September 2015 was an outstanding success with huge crowds flocking to see the numerous events. The street parade in particular had an amazing number of people lining the streets to watch the cars drive by.

Many people came from interstate to compete and an estimated $12million was injected into the local economy.