All over Australia, people are celebrating Australia Day this 3-day long weekend (and some even long before and after that!). Australia Day is celebrated every 26th of August, with the following Monday a nationwide holiday.
But to the winners of this year’s Australian of the Year Award last August 25 at a ceremony in front of Parliament House in Canberra, the celebration is doubled. Congratulations to the following winners of the Australian of the Year 2008.
Australian of the Year 2008
Lee Kernaghan – dubbed ‘champion of rural Australia’ because of his dedication to helping others and a country music legend; from Queensland
Senior Australian of the Year 2008
David Bussau AM – a micro-finance entrepreneur from New South Wales. He helped less fortunate people by offering small business loans
Young Australian of the Year 2008
Casey Stoner – the World MotoGP champion, and he’s only 22; also from New South Wales. He started racing at the age of four, and won his first national title at six for a race of under-nine’s.
Australia’s Local Hero 2008
Jonathon Welch – famous for the ‘Choir of Hard Knocks’ from Victoria. This choral conductor has touched the heart of nation by the sheer power of singing in building and renewing promising lives that have been rained with problems.
To partake of the celebrations, head over to the Australia Day official site to check out the events all around Australia. If you’re a new visitor, learn more about the country by reading some Australia travel reviews and choose from the numerous hotels in Australia. Stay longer and check out the areas where the best five movies are filmed in Sydney.