On the 26 January each year, Council celebrates Australia Day at the City of Palmerston Official Ceremony, which includes the official raising of the National Flag of Australia, welcoming the country’s newest residents with a special citizenship ceremony and presenting the city's coveted Australia Day Awards.

Nominations for the 2019 Australia Day Awards closed on Friday 30 November 2018. 

2018 Palmerston Award Winners

Citizen of the Year: Serena Dalton 

Serena regularly contributes many volunteer hours both participating in, and actively supporting, community committees and activities in Palmerston. Serena is an influential voice of our community as an active advocate for children, family and indigenous issues. Serena established the group Grassroots Action Palmerston, which initiates and supports projects that build cohesion and create positive pathways for youth and families, including the Streetball basketball competition held in local suburbs. 

Young Citizen of the Year: Jessica Bartlett

Jessica’s passion for wildlife has defined her career and interests. She has been caring for wildlife for more than ten years, and moved from Jabiru to Palmerston to follow her dream to become a veterinary nurse. Since joining Ark Aid Inc. (Wildlife Hospital), she has become the group’s main Education Officer, and delivers free educational courses to schools and the wider community, often in her own time. She has been a committee member of the charity for four years and positively represents the organisation and its values. 

Community Event of the Year: Palmerston Cadet Division St Johns 

The Palmerston Cadet Division is a dedicated team of adults, Cadets (aged 11 to 18 years) and Juniors (aged 8 to 11 years). Six enthusiastic adults lead the group, training, supporting and encouraging the Cadets and Juniors in their care. Training in age-appropriate first aid courses enables them to serve in the community by providing first aid public duties at a range of events. Cadets are also expected to complete 60 hours each of public duty hours in a 12-month period. In 2017, the Palmerston Cadet Division spent a combined 1,805 hours serving the Top End community at public events, ranging from the Bombing of Darwin to Palmerston Carols.