Australia Day

Each year Australia Day celebrations are held across the Hilltops region with something for everyone to enjoy. The Hilltops region will mark Australia Day 2021 on January 26 with celebrations in four regional centres.
The towns of Boorowa, Harden, Young, and Wombat village have events scheduled this year. In line with current COVID restrictions limiting the size of outdoor gatherings in NSW, Hilltops is among many Councils that have implemented crowd caps and venue changes for Australia Day 2021.
Across Hilltops, each centre hosting an Australia Day event will be offering a slightly different program.


The Boorowa Australia Day Official Ceremony has changed venue and will now be held at the Boorowa Ex-Services Club. The day will begin at 9.30am with the flag raising ceremony, official speeches and the awards presentations. An Australia Day luncheon will then be held at 12.30pm. Afternoon activities include bowls, children’s fun run, balladeers and yarn spinners, and golf with these activities taking place at the Boorowa Recreation Club and the Boorowa Ex-Services Club. Numbers for the ceremony and lunch will be limited so register at the Boorowa Ex-Services Club to ensure a place.

Boorowa Australia Day Program here


The Harden-Murrumburrah Australia Day event will feature an Ambassador’s address from Better Homes & Gardens Television presenter Graham Ross.
The celebrations start at Newson Park from 8am with breakfast and local musicians providing entertainment. The presentation of awards acknowledging community volunteers will follow. Those taking part are invited to bring their own chair or picnic rug.

Harden Australia Day Program here


In Wombat village an Australia Day event organised by the Wombat Progress Association will be held at Wagenbah Oval from 10am. The official program will include the presentation of awards: the Wombatian Citizen of the Year (senior and junior), Wombat Sports Person of the Year (senior and junior) or Environment Achievement Award (senior and junior). The event also has a big line up of other attractions, including a tractor pull, antique engine display, vintage cars, best dressed Australiana, market stalls, free sausage sizzle and best decorated bike award.

Wombat Australia Day Program here

Ambassador: Graham Ross VMM (Harden and Wombat)

Radio broadcaster and television gardening presenter and author, Graham Ross, has educated, entertained, and inspired Australia’s gardening community and green thumbs over his career. Graham is Australia’s most acclaimed horticulturalist being presented with the prestigious Gold Veitch Memorial Medal in London (2011) by the Royal Horticultural Society, he was awarded the Golden Wattle Award in 2014; the highest accolade presented by the Australian Institute of Horticulture, plus multiple horticultural industry awards and 12 Logies for Better Homes & Gardens TV to name a few.
Graham has appeared on Better Homes & Gardens since 1995, he broadcasts weekly the Garden Clinic Show every Saturday and Sunday on 2GB Radio and running the family business, ‘The Garden Clinic’.
Graham began his career working at a nursery from age eleven, graduated from the Ryde School of Horticulture TAFE and has a Dip Ed. Sydney University (Teachers College). Graham has worked in all aspects in the garden, from a seedsman to park superintendent before returning to TAFE to teach horticulture. In 2015 the Prime Minister, Malcom Turnbull, launched the Australian Garden Council foundered and chaired by Graham. This non-for-profit charity has garden education, garden tourism and general gardening in the community.


Council are pleased to advise that they will now be able to accommodate an increased number of guests at the Australia Day Ceremony being held at the Young Town Hall next Tuesday, 26 January 2021. The increase in number of guests permitted is due to a relaxation of the current NSW Health Orders for Australia Day events.
Residents who would like to attend on the day will need to register for the event with the Young Visitor Information Centre by emailing or calling 1800 628 233 by 1pm Monday 25 January 2021. COVID safety measures announced by the NSW Government have impacted the celebrations and pre-registration of attendance is essential if you wish to attend. Numbers are limited; however the event will be live streamed on the Hilltops Council Facebook page for those who are unable to secure a registration.
The ceremony will commence at 9.30am with the Acknowledgement of Country by Isabel Newham-Clarke, followed by a welcome by Hilltops Council, the Citizenship Ceremony and Australian Affirmation Ceremony. This will be followed by the introduction of Australia Day Ambassador Geoff Lawson. The Australia Day Award announcements and presentations of Business Award, Junior Citizen and Citizen of the Year will then take place. 

Young Australia Day Program here

Geoff Lawson OAM (Young)

Geoff ‘Henry’ Lawson has had an outstanding career in Australian cricket both nationally and internationally. Henry first represented Australia in 1979. Henry was named Player of the Series in consecutive years against England 1982-83 and Pakistan 1983-84 and Australia’s best player of the Pakistan tour in 1982. Geoff captained NSW from midway through the 1988-89 season until his retirement in 1991-92. After playing, Geoff moved into Coaching, he coached NSW, coached at the University of New South Wales and coached Pakistan. In 1990, Geoff was awarded the Order of Australia Medal for services to cricket and in 2002 the Australian Sports Medal. Just recently he has added the Centenary Medal for services to the community through sport, to his list of achievements. Since retirement, Geoff has been part of the ABC and BBC Radio, Channel Nine, Foxsports and international commentary teams in India, Sri Lanka, South Africa, West Indies has written a weekly column for Sydney media and written features for cricket magazines in Australia, England and India.