Civic Events, Awards and Ceremonies
Council conducts a number of civic events throughout the year.
Australia Day celebrations are held on 26 January each year at the Burnie Arts and Function Centre. The morning ceremony includes a guest speaker, musical items, citizenship ceremony and the announcement of the Burnie Australia Day Awards (Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year and Community Event of the Year). Nominations(PDF, 461KB) close at the end of November each year.
Citizenship ceremonies are hosted regularly by Council on behalf of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. The Mayor conducts the ceremonies where new citizens take their citizenship pledge, and are welcomed into the community.
Council works closely with the RSL Burnie Sub-Branch to conduct the ANZAC Day services held on 25 April each year. The dawn service and 11am service are conducted at the Burnie Park cenotaph. A large number of community groups, schools, organisations and elected members come together to lay wreaths in a moving service that demonstrates our community's honour for the memory of those who fought and served in all conflicts.
Remembrance Day is another important day in the calendar, with a service conducted at 10.40am on 11 November each year, culminating in two minutes of silence at 11am. Once again, wreaths are laid at the cenotaph in memory of the fallen.