National Celebration Day Awards Ceremony 2021

Nambucca Valley Council’s National Celebration Day Awards Ceremony was held at Bowraville Central School on Monday evening 25 January 2021, celebrating and acknowledging the outstanding achievements and contributions made by members in our community. 

Mr Pat Conaghan MP

The Hon. Melinda Pavey MP

Nambucca District Band

The 2021 categories for the Awards are:

Citizen of the Year
 - Dr Danny Ryan

Indigenous Citizen of the Year - Aunty Sandra Buchanan

Young Citizen of the Year - Ricky Buchanan

Junior Sports Person - Sienna Anderson

Senior Sports Person - Michael Stennett (Absent)

Junior Sports Team - Scotts Head Sharks U12 Soccer Team

Cultural Achievement  - Ricky Buchanan

Services to the Community - Dane Luffman

Services to the Community - Joan Hosking

Service to the Community - Shirley Fraser

Services to the Community - Elaine Gosson (absent)

Good Neighbours - Keith Henry

Good Neighbours - Heather Battle


National Australia Day Ambassador

Sophie Smith is the Founder of the Running for Premature Babies Foundation, and author of the memoir ‘Sophie’s Boys’.

After losing all three of their triplet sons, Henry, Jasper & Evan, to complications relating to their premature birth, Sophie and her late husband Ash were determined to turn their own tragedy into a force for good. What began as an idea to run a half marathon and raise $20,000 for one lifesaving humidicrib for the hospital that cared for their babies, grew into what is now a registered charitable foundation providing lifesaving neonatal equipment and research to give premature babies a better chance of survival. The cause has so far inspired over 5000 people to run, and raised over $4 million, directly benefitting over 6000 premature babies and their families so far.

Sophie and Ash went on to have two more sons, Owen and Harvey, but tragically Ash passed away from brain cancer in 2016. Sophie continues to work to grow the Foundation they started together, to raise the profile of prematurity and to give premature babies the best possible chance of survival.

National Celebration Day Awards Program


Australia Day Celebration - 26 January 2021 - Unkya Reserve Eungai Creek