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Australia Day 2021

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Australia Day is a day for all Australians, no matter where our personal stories began. It is the day to celebrate our diversity and the values that we share as an Australian community. 

In 2021, the day looked a little different for the Port Macquarie-Hastings region! We presented a range of COVID-safe activities on Australia Day in 2021, to encourage connections, and to provide an opportunity to reflect, respect, and celebrate!

The day kicked off with the Official Ceremony, held at the Glasshouse theatre. We welcomed 43 new citizens as they officially made Australia and the Port Macquarie-Hastings region their home. We honoured the Australia Day Award recipients and nominees for all of the amazing work they do for our community!

Hastings Summer Waves was a smashing success, and Westport Park came alive with outstanding entertainment, market & food stalls, and activities.

We were lucky enough to have beautiful weather on our national day, and luckily, we had the Australia Day Pool Parties to cool off at! Wauchope Pool and Laurieton Pool provided fun for all with rides, competitions, inflatable obstacle courses, games, and a silent disco!

Thrill chasers got their fix at the Jolly Aussie Ride Day! The Hastings Valley Mountain Bikers hosted a 'Come and Try' Day at the Jolly Nose Mountain Bike Park, where experienced riders took first-timers out to the park for guided tours of the trails, and plenty of rides, including 'a chicks-only ride'. The attendees also enjoyed free vehicle uplifting and a feed from the Char Bar food truck!

The Hastings River was a sight not to be missed, with vessels taking part in the Aquatic ActivitiesEven though it was extremely windy on the water, the day was a great success, providing members of the community who were strolling through Town Green with a wonderful display, on-water activities and entertainment with the ongoing commentary.

We'd like to express our gratitude and appreciation for all of the groups that helped us deliver the Australia Day activities throughout our LGA in 2021. Thank you to:

  • Marine Rescue - Port Macquarie
  • Wauchope Rotary Club
  • Hasting Valley Mountain Bike Riders Club
  • Diving North Coast
  • Blue Fit Pool staff - Wauchope Pool & Laurieton Pool
  • Stella Entertainment
  • Flamin’ Dragons - Port Macquarie
  • Mid North Coast Maritime Museum  
  • Tacking Point SLSC Nippers
  • Cruise Port Macquarie
  • Port Jet Cruise Adventures
  • Transport NSW - RMS
  • Port Macquarie LAC
  • Coffs Harbour Water Police
  • Sailability NSW - Port Macquarie Branch 

Australia Day Awards

Each year, our region celebrated our local heroes through the PMHC Australia Day Awards.

The 2021 Port Macquarie-Hastings Australia Day Awards were 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 2021 Australia Day Award Recipients here!

Read all about our deserving nominees and recipients in the  nominee precis booklet492KB pdf(PDF, 492KB) .

Our Australia Day Ambassador

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In 2021, our Australia Day Ambassador was Miss Tiffany Thomas Kane.

At the age of 19, Tiffany has already achieved many impressive feats as an inspirational Paralympic swimmer, winning a string of medals from the Paralympic Games and the IPC World Championships.

To learn more about Tiffany and her achievements, head to

Tiffany joined Mayor Pinson in attending the official ceremony and activities on Australia Day.

PMHC 2021 Australia Day activities were assisted by the NSW Government, and the Australian Government through the National Australia Day Council.  Their generous contributions helped us to deliver COVID safe events across our region. 

This page was last updated on: 17 March 2021