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Australia Day Awards

Our annual Australia Day Awards program recognises and honours the outstanding achievement of individuals within the Gold Coast community.

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Australia Day Awards

2020 Australia Day Awards

Nominations for the 2020 Australia Day Awards are now closed.

2020 Australia Day Award recipients

Congratulations to the winners who were announced at a presentation ceremony in January 2020.

Prof. Mark von Itzstein - Gold Coast Citizen of the Year

Professor von Itzstein has international standing in glycoscience, medicinal chemistry and drug discovery, particularly in the area of anti-infective drug discovery. His research program focuses on the discovery of novel anti-microbial (anti-bacterial, parasitic, viral) drugs, including anti-influenza drugs, anti-parainfluenza and anti-cancer drugs primarily based on carbohydrate-related pathways.


Amelia Anderson - Gold Coast Young Citizen of the Year

Amelia is a year 11 student and is a volunteer surf lifesaver at Southport SLSC, as well as volunteering her time for the past five years at the Gold Coast Inclusive Sports Program and Rosie’s – Friends on the Street.


Judy Hendrikx - Triple M 92.5 Gold Coast Community Service Award

For 39 years, Judy has been involved with the Ormeau Progress Association, for many of those years as the Association’s President. The Ormeau Progress Association celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2020.


Richard Peters - Sports Achievement Award

Richard Peters has excelled in the sport of archery. He was the winner of the Pan Pacific Masters Games in the traditional division in 2015 and bare bow division in 2016. He is also Queensland State Champion (2016, 2017, 2018) and became the Australian National Champion and Shooter of the year in 2016, 2017 and 2018.


Saraya Robinson - Environment Achievement Award

Saraya Robinson is the environmental face of City of Gold Coast, responsible for The Naturally GC and the Beaches to Bushland programs which engage over 14,000 individuals across the city, with more than 900 individual activities helping to connect to, conserve and explore our natural environment.


Aarti Bajaj - Cultural Achievement Award

Aarti Bajaj is the artistic director of Gold Coast based production company, Wild Dreamer Productions. Aarti had dreamed of bringing the story of MEERA to the stage for 14 years, and in 2017, she decided to do just that. Aarti assembled a cast and crew of 300 local amateur performers to create the stage spectacular MEERA which played at HOTA to sold out audiences.


Further information

To make any enquiries regarding the City of Gold Coast Australia Day Awards, please contact the City Events team on 07 5581 5286

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