No more Australia Day Awards - why Wollongong council has changed the name

Kate McIlwain
Updated November 15 2023 - 6:29pm, first published 2:45pm
A boat in 2019 getting a prime spot for Wollongong's Australia Day fireworks, flying an Australian and Aboriginal flag. File picture by Adam Mclean
A boat in 2019 getting a prime spot for Wollongong's Australia Day fireworks, flying an Australian and Aboriginal flag. File picture by Adam Mclean

Wollongong City Council has renamed its annual citizen awards because calling them the "Australia Day Awards" was putting off people from entering.

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Kate McIlwain

Kate McIlwain

Journalist

For more than a decade, I've helped the Illawarra Mercury set the news agenda across the region. Currently I'm the paper's health reporter - covering the stories of Illawarra workers and residents in the wake of a global pandemic and at a time where our health systems are stretched to the limit.

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