2020 Australia Day Celebrations in the Barcaldine region

Join us at a local Australia Day Celebration on Sunday 26 January 2020 including the presentation of awards to the 2020 Australia Day Awards recipients.   

  • Alpha – Fordham Park from 2.00pm
  • Jericho – Jericho Multi-Purpose Court from 8.00am
  • Barcaldine – Barcaldine Swimming Pool from 4.00pm 
  • Aramac – Aramac Memorial Park and Aramac Aquatic Centre from 7.00am 
  • Muttaburra – Muttaburra Golf Club from 7.30am

For more information on the Australia Day Celebrations, please visit https://www.barcaldinerc.qld.gov.au/regional-events/home.

Meet our 2020 Australia Day Ambassadors

Jay Larkins  
2020 Australia Day Ambassador - Jay Larkings


After his son was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, Jay Larkins became passionate about Paralympic football. Jay established the Brisbane Paralympic Football Program in 2006, and today coaches more than 100 children with a disability, giving them an opportunity to engage in team sport and exercise. 
As Director, Jay oversees a team of assistant coaches, managers, volunteers and regular physiotherapists and occupational therapists, who are all committed to helping the young athletes be the best they can. Jay’s ‘never say never’ attitude has been inspirational to many participants in the program, with four athletes representing Australia, and others working towards selection for the Australian Paralympic football team. 
More importantly, the Brisbane Paralympic Football Program provides an inclusive environment for young athletes with a disability to develop their skills and confidence. Jay is now helping to develop similar programs in other parts of Queensland and has established programs from the Gold Coast north to the Sunshine Coast. 
When asked about his coaching philosophy, Jay’s answer is simple: “I teach people motivation and self-belief.”  

Taj Pabari  
2020 Australia Day Ambassador - Taj Pabari



Taj Pabari is nineteen-years-old, just finished high-school, yet his passion for young people, business and entrepreneurship has led him to a level of influence well beyond his years. Taj established Fiftysix Creations, Australasia's Largest Youth Entrepreneurship Provider at the age of fourteen. As of 1 January 2019, Fiftysix Creations has educated 50,075 Australian Students.
Fiftysix Creations run workshops for schools teaching young people as young as five all the way to eighteen, about the world of business, entrepreneurship and financial literacy. The organisation has partnered with Westpac, PwC Australia, MYOB and the State and Federal Government to deliver it’s workshop programs to regional and remote areas around Australia and New Zealand. In 2017, Business Camp was launched in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. A 3 day school holiday program introducing young people to the world of business and entrepreneurship, along the way teaching young people about transferrable skills including communication, collaboration and negotiation.
Taj’s work and story has been featured by Sunrise, 60 Minutes, The Today Show, National Geographic, ABC, Nickelodeon and CNBC. Accolades collected by Taj and Fiftysix Creations include being named the 2017 Young Australian of the Year for Queensland, The Australian Young Innovator of the Year and Winner of Westpac's Top 20 Businesses of Tomorrow.

Uncle Barry Watson  
2020 Australia Day Ambassador - Uncle Barry Watons


Uncle Barry Watson is a descendant of the Wergaia people of Western Victoria and has lived in Logan City since 1979.  He is the Elder in Residence with Communities for Children working in the early childhood field for many years.  He has developed many early childhood resources and produced several children’s books.  Uncle Barry provides cultural awareness training to his fellow staff members, funded community partners and other workers across government and non-government organisations.
He is a respected Community Elder and a member of many local action groups.  Uncle Barry was formerly CEO of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Health Service in Brisbane and is President of the Indigenous Sports and Recreation Foundation, which provides grants to young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children to assist with costs for representative sports such as travel subsidies, registration, coaching fees and equipment.  In 2015, Uncle Barry was NAIDOC Elder of the Year for SE Queensland and a nominee for Queensland Australian of the Year Award in the Local Hero category.  In 2019 he received a Queensland Day Award for his community work.


Published: 15th January 2020