Celebrate 186 years

30 August 2021

We lve Melbourne

Get your free cupcakes on Monday, 30 August 2021 – to celebrate our city's 186th birthday.

We skipped last year's party and traditional flag-raising ceremony at Enterprize Park because of COVID-19 public gathering restrictions, but we're making it up to you this year – get two cupcakes, thanks to Ferguson Plarre!

Celebrate what's great AND Melbourne's fascinating indigenous culture and heritage.

Check back soon for more details.

How we celebrated last year – on the couch at your place

Little boss has a head for big ideas

with thanks to 13CABS

Alicia Gec, the 2020 Junior Lord Mayor
"Her Worship" Alicia Gec 

Congratulations to Alicia Gec, 12, for winning the Melbourne Day competition.

The Penleigh Essendon Grammar student edged out four other finalists, chosen from a record number of entries.

She was "sworn in" as the little big boss of Melbourne at a judging ceremony on 19 August 2020, held online because of coronavirus restrictions instead of the customary Melbourne Town Hall's historic council chamber.

"I'm so excited to help Melbourne to be the best we can," she said.

"Mental health is a huge issue during these uncertain times.

"We need to create alternative, creative fun ways to reconnect while we're socially distancing," she said. 

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Toot for Melbourne Day

Melbourne Day-mobile

Hook Turn maestro: Honk if you see chairman Campbell Walker's 4WD "Melbourne Day-mobile".

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Celebrating Australia Day

Australia Day 2021 BBQ in Port Melbourne

Melbourne Day committee member and Australia Day Ambassador Claude Lombard attended a community BBQ in Port Melbourne, urging Australians to celebrate the "great story" of our nation.

Claude, the managing director of Lombard The Paper People, says Australia Day is a time to reflect on our nation's proud and ancient history, its achievements and its people.

"We're all a part of the great story of Australia," he says.

Claude Lombard at the Australia Day BBQ 2021 in Port Melbourne
Claude wins the BBQ thong-throwing competition.

Melburnian of the Year Professor Doug Hilton AO

Prof Doug Hilton: Melburnian of the Year 2020

Molecular biologist Professor Douglas Hilton AO is Melburnian of the Year 2020 in recognition of his work in health and medical research, as well as his advocacy for diversity and inclusion, and gender equality in science.

Now in its 17th year, the Melbourne Awards celebrate the inspirational achievements of people and organisations whose passion and commitment have helped make Melbourne one of the most liveable cities in the world.

The awards, started in 2005 by Melbourne Day Committee and the City of Melbourne, have expanded to celebrate significant contributions in the areas of environmental sustainability, community, multiculturalism and strengthening Melbourne's profile.

Junior Lord Mayor Comp 2020

Congratulations to Penleigh Essendon Grammar student Alicia Gec for winning the gold mayoral chains.

Alicia, 12, edged out a strong field of finalists, chosen from a record number of entries.

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Deputy chair Sue Stanley receives Australia Day honour

Sue Stanley OAM

Melbourne Day deputy chair and treasurer Sue Stanley was recognised in the Australia Day 2020 honours for service to sport and to the community.

Sue is a four-times World Cup Aerobics champion, a leading health and fitness expert and media commentator, author, member of the Sport Australia Hall of Fame, an Australia Day Ambassador, recipient of the Advance Australia Award for contribution to sport, and director of Fitcorp — one of the top corporate fitness brands in Australia.

She is passionate about helping empower women and is recognised as a thought leader from her involvement in several organisations, including Blue Ribbon Foundation, VicSport and Variety — the Children’s Charity.

Her Order of Australia Medal (OAM) is in the general division.

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