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Justin Herald - Australia Day Ambassador

Australia Day is a day for all Australians, no matter where our personal stories began. It’s the day to celebrate our diversity and the values that we share as the Australian community. In collaboration with local community groups, we celebrate Australia Day, 26 January, in camden Haven, Wauchope and Port Macquarie with citizenship ceremonies and activities for all to enjoy. 

In 2020, our Australia Day Ambassador for the Port Macquarie-Hastings region is Mr Justin Herald. At the age of 25, Justin set about changing the course of his life, and in 2005 was named 'International Entrepreneur of the Year'. His clothing brand Attitude Inc is an international success and he is now the Managing Director of Customer Culture, one of Australia's leading customer service and customer engagement training companies. Read more about Justin Herald's accomplishments at justinherald.com.

Australia Day Activities

There's so much happening around our region, make the most of the day and get out and join in the fun with your mates!

N.B. Please note the road closures below for Port Macquarie.

Wauchope  Port Macquarie  Camden Haven
Showground from 8:00am Town Green from 8:00am Bruce Porter Reserve, 
Laurieton, from 7:30am
  • Aussie breakfast available
  • FREE face painting and children’s games
  • Food Stall & Coffee Van Sing Australia sing along
  • Large vintage car, classic clipper buses, truck and machinery display
  • Live Music by Niki Ridge
  • Performance by Hastings District Pipe Band
  • Official Australia Day Ceremony to commence from 11.00am.
  • Announcement of PMHC Australia Day Award nominees and Citizenship Ceremony
  •  Market & food stalls
  • Giant Slide and Jumping Castle
  • Kids games with prizes
  • Municipal Town band
  • Dog Obedience and Agility demonstrations
  • Entertainment by Khristina Joy & Z Chords, Day Trippers & Blue Hype Big Band
  • Kyokushin Karate demonstration
  • Various aquatics activities on the Hastings River from 10.00am until 1.00pm
  • Official Australia Day Ceremony to commence from 3.00pm.
  • Announcement of PMHC Australia Day Award recipients and Citizenship Ceremony

Road Closure: The northern end of Horton Street (Town Square) will be closed from 6:00am to 6:00pm on Sunday 26 January 2020. 

  • Aussie breakfast available for purchase from 7:30am
  • Australiana salute by Camden Haven Concert Band
  • Australia Day Ceremony from 8.00am

 

Each year, our region celebrates our local hero's through the PMHC Australia Day Awards.

The 2020 Port Macquarie-Hastings Australia Day Awards will be awarded in the following categories:

  • Young Citizen of the Year (16 - 30 years)
  • Citizen of the Year (31 - 65 years)
  • Senior Citizen of the Year (65 years +)
  • Community Group of the Year
  • Environmental Citizen of the Year.

View our 2019 Port Macquarie-Hastings Australia Day Awards winners here. 

Nominations for the 2020 PMHC Australia Day Awards are now closed. 

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This page was last updated on: 15 January 2020