Great Lakes - Australia Day 2015

Australia Day in the Great Lakes

The Australia Day awards will be presented at a ceremony on Australia Day, Monday, 26 January 2015 at Club Forster and everyone is welcome to attend the Awards Ceremony.

Great Lakes Council is pleased to welcome actor, director and presenter Penny Cook to the Great Lakes as our 2015 Australia Day Ambassador.

Penny Cook will perform the role of Ambassador at the Great Lakes Australia Day ceremony at Club Forster on Monday 26 January 2015.  The Ceremony gets underway at 10.30am and begins with a free morning tea.

Everyone is most welcome to attend.

Penny Cook is well known throughout Australia and fondly recognised for her many roles in some of Australia’s most popular television programs.  

Having graduated from NIDA in 1978, Penny made her television break in The Restless Years.  Since then, her career has seen her appear in a long and distinguished list of some of Australia’s most successful television programs.  These include E-Street, GP, The Flying Doctors and of course who could forget her role as ‘Vicki the Vet" in the much loved A Country Practice.

She has had a long involvement in the theatre both as an actress and director.  In 1979 she helped to form the Griffin Theatre Company (Sydney) for which she performed numerous times.  She has also appeared for the Sydney Theatre Company, and the Queensland Theatre Company.

Penny has been a panelist on Good News Week, a guest presenter at The Logies, on Good Morning Australia and Tonight Live, and is also spokeswoman for several prominent Australian charities.

Australia Day e-Calendar Competition

The e-calendar competition is on again! 

Thanks to all the schools who have entered this year:

Booral Public School, Bulahdelah Central School, Coolongolook Public School, Forster Public School, Holy Name School, Nabiac Public School, Pacific Palms Public School, St Joseph's School Bulahdelah, Stroud Public School, Stroud Road Public School, Tea Gardens Public School, Tuncurry Public School.

The theme this year is: The Anzac Spirit.

We are delighted to announce the following regional winners of the competition:

Alex Hinitt, Tea Gardens Public School
Ava Rose Davies, Forster Public School
Bailey Middleton, Bulahdelah Central School
Bridie Kauter, Nabiac Public School
Elizabeth Wylie, St Josephs School Bulahdelah
Gemma McEnallay, Tuncurry Public School
Georgia Waters, Booral Public School
Lucy Hartman, Holy Name School
Ruby Machon, Holy Name School
Shaun Carroll, Holy Name School
Sienna Jones, Pacific Palms Public School
Skye Russell-Mather, Pacific Palms Public School
Sophia Hamblin, Stroud Road Public School


The competition is run as part of Council's Australia Day celebrations and you are invited to attend the Australia Day ceremony held at Club Forster on 26 January 2015.

  • 13 winning entries are selected by each school and sent to Council.  Council will then produce an e-calendar for each school, including its winning entries.
  • Council will also select 13 winners and produce an overall community calendar on Council's website for free public download.
  • Every participating school receives a book prize for their school library plus the e-calendar for their school.
  • Winners get their artwork included in the Calendar, and the winners of Council's Calendar will be presented with an award by the Mayor, Cr Jan McWilliams at next year's Australia Day ceremony.
  • Entries are also on display in Council libraries across the Great Lakes during the January school holidays.


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Last Updated: 17/12/2014