Newcastle Pride is immensely humbled and grateful to announce it has been nominated as Community Group of the Year for the City of Newcastle’s: Australia Day Awards 2020, which is part of the City of Newcastle’s annual celebrations for Australia Day.

“The City of Newcastle awards this title to recognise significant contributions that a community group or other non-profit organisation within the community has made to the welfare of people, the quality of life, the arts, science, engineering, the environment or other fields of endeavour. The benefits are normally local, but may include regional, national or international benefits that bring credit to the Newcastle area.

The Community Group of the Year Award is part of a suite of awards, including Citizen of the Year and Young Citizen of the Year, and will be announced by the City of Newcastle at its annual Australia Day: Citizenship Ceremony at Civic Theatre on Sunday 26th January 2020. Several members of the Newcastle Pride Committee will be present at the ceremony including President: Lee-Anne McDougall, Vice President: Ivan Skaines and Ordinary Committee Members: Hellen Richards, Ed Abbott and Jay Bellamy to represent Newcastle Pride.

The Newcastle Pride Committee would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank the City of Newcastle and the anonymous community members who submitted the nomination in order for Newcastle Pride to be considered for this very prestigious honour amongst various equally deserving community groups, who collectively make the City of Newcastle the place it is. Newcastle Pride would also like to congratulate our fellow nominees for their exciting nomination.

Newcastle Pride is hugely proud of its success and accomplishments over the last two years, particularly given the organisation is solely operated for the benefit of the local community and is absolutely managed by a committee of passionate and dedicated volunteers. The festival growth year on year from inception in 2018 to last year in 2019 vastly exceeded community expectations and Newcastle Pride is already hard at work to build upon this established momentum and deliver an even BIGGER & BOLDER festival for 2020 – this time over a three week period under the theme: THIS IS ME!

Newcastle Pride is also simultaneously in the middle of preparations to take part in Mardi Gras 2020 in Sydney – both at its festival’s Fair Day and marching in its world renown Parade. The visibility and public awareness this will bring to our festival and region overall is unquestioned and key to developing Newcastle’s national and international reputation as a vibrant, diverse and inclusive city in which to live.

To this end, Newcastle Pride is currently selling tickets for community members to join us on our Mardi Gras Parade Float which can be purchased from our website: