Recognition awards

Through the annual Australia Day Awards, we recognise the service, commitment, effort and achievements of people who have enhanced the quality of life in the City of PAE.

Recognising and celebrating achievements and contributions to the community

Each year we award achievement in the following categories:

  • Citizen of the Year
  • Young Citizen of the Year
  • Junior Citizen of the Year
  • Older Citizen of the Year
  • Community Event of the Year
  • Emerging Event of the Year
  • Service to the Community Awards

Nominations for a City of PAE Australia Day Award open in September, and you will find the criteria and online nomination form on this page.

The Australia Day Awards are supported by the Australia Day Council of South Australia and are administered by councils like the City of PAE throughout South Australia.

2024 Australia Day Award winners in PAE

Meet the 2024 City of PAE Australia Day Award winner

Julie Bailey has devoted an impressive 23 years to the Semaphore branch of the Country Women’s Association, with 22 of those years spent as treasurer and four as the chair of the State Handicraft Association. Beyond her organisational roles, Julie actively co-ordinates baby parcels for those in need and supplies essential items to the APY lands. Her unwavering commitment as a volunteer significantly influences the community on both state and local levels.

Denzel James emerges as an influential advocate for young people in the City of PAE, displaying unparalleled dedication and determination to instigate positive change. The impacts of his endeavours have garnered nationwide recognition, earning him the prestigious title of one of UNICEF Australia's nine Youth Ambassadors in 2023.

At just nine years old, Max Osborne exemplifies the spirit of community service. Despite facing challenges in his own life, Max actively raises funds for the Largs Bay RSL, creating and selling earrings and brooches with 100% of the profits donated to the club. Max's generosity extends to providing food and water to the local homeless community, showcasing his big heart and love for community wellbeing. Max will often ask his family to food shop for the local people experiencing homelessness in the community and deliver little bags of food and water when they can afford to help him with this. Max has a big heart and a big love for his community and their wellbeing.

Ian Bailey served as the volunteer CEO of Clearview Bowling Club from 2002, fostering a vibrant and sustainable club that promoted physical activity, friendship and social connections. His passion for supporting individuals with disabilities in sports spans 30 years, particularly through his work with Disability Bowls. Despite recent challenges leading to the club's closure, Ian's tireless efforts ensured its responsible financial position upon closure, allowing him to donate the remaining funds to organsations supporting people with disabilities. At 84, Ian continues his community work as a volunteer with the City of PAE.

Hosted by Traditional Custodians of the Mirning community, the Light for the Bight twilight lantern parade took place on 14 October 2023. Celebrating the Jeedara Creation Story, it brought people together on the Semaphore Foreshore to acknowledge the Mirning people’s culture and Country. There was also an opportunity for people to make lanterns for the parade in the lead-up to the event under the guidance of artists. These workshops and the Light for the Bight event have had a profoundly positive effect on multiple generations of the Mirning community, who have been able to publicly celebrate their culture and Country with everyone who attended. It was a truly special night.

Community Help and Togetherness (CHATS) is a volunteer-driven charity that serves up a fully cooked three-course meal every Friday morning to 100 people facing hardship in the western suburbs and provides them with essential groceries and clothing. Their new initiative, the inaugural CHATS in Cars event, took place on a cold night in June 2023, involving 25 cars in a sleep-out to raise awareness for those sleeping rough in the western suburbs.

Michael Sheppard
Operation Unity
Lighthouse Youth Projects
Lefevre Food Crew