City of Palmerston hosted the 2024 Palmerston Australia Day Awards ceremony, along with its biggest citizenship ceremony of the year on Friday, 26 January.

Friends and family watched on with pride as 48 new citizens were welcomed to Palmerston at the Palmerston Recreation Centre, alongside government officials, local leaders and community members, as conferees took their pledge of commitment; the final step of their journey to becoming Australian citizens. The truly multicultural occasion featured conferees from 17 countries.

The Palmerston Australia Day Award winners were also announced during the ceremony. These prestigious awards give the community and Council an opportunity to acknowledge the generous work that individuals and groups do within Palmerston, truly embracing our vision of Palmerston being ‘A Place for People’.

•    Neville Driver was awarded the Citizen of the Year Award.
•    Jessica Porter was awarded the Young Citizen of the Year Award.
•    Eat Up Project was awarded the Community Event of the Year Award.

City of Palmerston Mayor, Athina Pascoe-Bell said: “We extend a warm welcome to our newest citizens and congratulate our award winners and all those who were nominated. 

“The Palmerston Australia Day Awards give us the chance to publicly thank the people in Palmerston who go above and beyond to make such a valuable contribution to our community.”

This event was proudly sponsored by the Australia Day Council, Northern Territory. 

To read more information about the Palmerston Australia Day Award winners, visit 

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