WALLAN Neighbourhood House will host the Mitchell Shire Community Awards and Citizenship Ceremony for Australia Day 2024.

Two host town 2024 applications were received, the other from Rotary Club of Southern Mitchell, and council unanimously voted to choose the Wallan Neighbourhood House application.

The proposed event is a breakfast and citizenship ceremony followed by a barbecue and Indian cuisine at Wallan Multipurpose Community Centre, Hadfield Park, and Wallan Old Library.

Organisers will collaborate with the Indian community, council, Wallan Scouts, the Old Hall committee, Wallan U3A and senior citizens club.

Mitchell Shire Community Award categories were also assessed with two categories, Sports Person of the Year and Arts and/or Culture Person of the Year, added to the list of awards.

The Sports Person of the Year criteria includes making a significant impact to the development, integrity and professionalism of sport in the community; increasing physical activity opportunities for all community members; commitment to training, recruiting and recognising volunteers and coaches; and made a significant contribution to sport as a leader and role model.

The Arts and/or Culture Person of the Year criteria includes valuable contribution to arts and/or culture in the community; demonstrating commitment to the development of arts and/or cultural activities for the community; and demonstrated significant achievement in the arts and/or culture in the community.

Some existing category criteria was also amended.