Plans for a CovidSafe Australia Day

Jan Locke presented with her Australia Day award last year by Wagga MP Dr Joe McGirr.

A CovidSafe Australia Day will be held in the Snowy Valleys this year, with ceremonies limited to 300 people per event, with a mandatory QR code check-in and concierge form.

The Snowy Valleys Council will be hosting events for breakfast, morning tea, lunch and dinner on Tuesday, January 26, travelling from Tumut and Batlow, through Tumbarumba to Adelong and finishing in Talbingo.

A council spokesperson explained that individual town events are being run by local communities with support from SVC. They all have Covid plans in place.

The CovidSafe protocols include the crowd size cap, with a Covid Marshall monitoring each event.

Attendees will be asked to maintain social distancing and proper hygiene. All food and cake will be served, with no self-serve options.

“Attendees are encouraged to wear masks if they would prefer but they are not mandatory,” said the SVC spokesperson.

“No singing will be allowed unless wearing a mask.”


The first official event of the day will be the traditional 8am breakfasts in Tumut’s Stockwell Gardens and Batlow’s Memorial Park.

In Tumut, the breakfast will include bacon and egg rolls, with a coffee van onsite. At 9am, the official ceremony will begin, including an address from Australia Day Ambassador Peter Wilkins and the presentation of the Snowy Valleys’ Australia Day Awards.

In Batlow, breakfast is capped at 200 people, and is being hosted by the Rotary Club of Batlow’s Return and Earn Project, with support from the SVC. Attendees are encouraged to bring picnic blankets and seats. 

The Batlow breakfast will be free and include entertainment and a local awards ceremony.

At 10.30am, a morning tea with light refreshments will be held at the Adelong S & C Club in Tumut St. 

Next up is Tumbarumba’s 11am barbecue, hosted by the Tumbarumba Rotary and Lions Clubs, with entertainment and a local awards ceremony. The ceremonies will be held at Tumbarumba Creekscape, near the rotunda.

Finishing out the official part of the day, a free barbecue will be held at Talbingo’s Miles Franklin Park, starting at 4pm with check-in games. The barbecue starts at 5pm, followed by a local awards ceremony at 6pm.


Australia Day awards will include:

  • Snowy Valleys Citizen of the Year Recognises individuals aged 30 and over who have made an outstanding contribution to the Snowy Valleys community over many years.
  • Snowy Valleys Young Citizen of the Year Recognises individuals aged 16-30 who have made an inspirational contribution to the Snowy Valleys community.
  • Snowy Valleys Service to the Community Recognises individuals or organisations who have made a noteworthy contribution to the Snowy Valleys community.
  • Snowy Valleys Sports Person of the Year Recognises individuals who have achieved sporting success representing their club or association at regional, state level or above.
  • Snowy Valleys Sports Team of the Year Recognises sporting groups who have achieved sporting success at a representative level for their club or association at regional, state level or above.
  • Snowy Valleys Environmental Champion of the Year Recognises individuals or organisations championing litter reduction and/or environmental initiatives in the Snowy Valleys community.

Nominations for the awards in Tumut and Tumbarumba closed on January 8, 2021. Nominations are still being accepted in Adelong until January 20; in Batlow until January 17.