Australia Day in Liverpool is going to look a little different this year.
Liverpool City Council will host a virtual Australia Day Awards Ceremony this year to recognise the outstanding contributions made by individuals and small businesses to the community.
Liverpool mayor Wendy Waller said this year's celebration had changed due to the ongoing pandemic.
"Within a community as culturally diverse and vibrant as Liverpool, Australia Day always holds a special place in our annual events calendar," Cr Waller said.
"However, due to the continuing impacts of COVID-19 and with the safety of the community as our primary concern, Council's Australia Day outdoor community celebration has been cancelled.
"While this year's celebrations will be different to previous years, we are pleased to still be able to come together as a community virtually to celebrate some of our best and brightest."
The virtual ceremony will be hosted by Saturday Night Live radio presenter Pete Graham and streamed on Liverpool City Council Australia's Facebook page from 10.30am on Tuesday, January 26.
Joining Mr Graham will be Liverpool's 2021 Australia Day Ambassador, James Chapman, an Olympic medallist who competed in rowing for Australia at the Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Olympics.
Throughout this time, Chapman balanced a career in elite rowing with professional banking, having been employed by Westpac for more than 16 years as a bank teller and later as an associate director in institutional banking.
Chapman retired from the sport in 2017 however he continues to inspire young Aussies as a Sydney Rowing Club Youth Coach.
"We are thrilled to welcome an Australia Day Ambassador of such a high calibre as James Chapman," Cr Waller said.
"Rowing at the highest level for many years, James has exemplified passion, teamwork and, above all, perseverance.
"These are characteristics which not only embody the essence of our Australia Day Awards but are reflected in this year's award recipients.
"I look forward to joining Pete, James and the broader community in awarding these remarkable individuals and small businesses who are making a difference across areas including the environment, sports, health and culture and arts."
The 2021 Australia Day Awards categories include:
- Citizen of the Year
- Young Citizen of the Year
- Fraser Environment Award
- Sports Award
- Health Award
- Senior Citizen Award
- Small Business Award
- Cultural and Arts Award
The council will also host a private Citizenship Ceremony on the day to welcome 19 new citizens into the Liverpool community.
To watch the 2021 Australia Day Awards Ceremony, visit the Liverpool City Council Facebook page.