Come & Join Our Australia Day Celebrations - George Town 2020

09 Jan 2020

Council is pleased to announce that this year there will be seven people who will undertake the Citizenship Ceremony on Australia Day. Immigrants who are living in our municipality will take the Australian citizenship pledge,  this is the final step in the journey to becoming an Australian citizen

We are pleased to announce our Australia Day Ambassador & guest speaker is -  Mr John Xintavelonis (otherwise known as - John X)

Our guest speaker for 2020 is Tasmanian entertainer John Xintavelonis -  John has enjoyed an extensive career on stage, radio and television.  Passionate for musical theatre  John has recently been playing COWARDLY LION in the Australian touring production of Wizard of Oz, and has previously appeared as Stewpot in Opera Australia’s South Pacific, The Boy From OZ ,  Jeckyll & Hyde  in Korea,  Billy Elliott,  and Pumbaa in The Lion King for Disney Theatrical Productions in Perth, Melbourne and Shanghai.  His television credits are equally outstanding including The Kettering Incident (Foxtel), Winners and Losers (7 Network), Tricky Business (Nine network), Dance Academy (ABC), City Homicide (7 Network) to name a few. His film credits include A Journey Through Time with Anthony (Zhou Xun), Macbeth 1040 AD for Dark Oak Films, The Sound Of One Hand Clapping for Artist Services and Back From The Dead for Pocket Money Productions.  Whilst his voice has complemented many a film including Legend of the Guardians, Mao’s Last Dancer, and on TV shows Wild Boys, Rescue Special Ops to name only a few.   John has been nominated for a Mo Award for his role as Pumbaa in The Lion King. John is also the Artistic Director of the Australian Musical Theatre Festival.

John is a Public School Ambassador, an Australia Day Ambassador, a finalist in 2015 Tasmanian Australian of the year, a co-founder and board member of Hobart independent actor’s company Blue Cow Theatre Inc. and a broadcaster on ABC local radio.

Australia Day Awards will be announced by Mayor Kieser 

  • Citizen of the Year
  • Young Citizen of the Year
  • Event of the Year

We invite everyone to join us and welcome our new citizens at the Citizenship Ceremony and the Awards Ceremony at a  FREE community breakfast between 8.30am and 10.30am in the Memorial Hall Courtyard.


Post Australia Day Official Celebrations will be held at the George Town Swimming Pool between 11.00am and 3.30pm

For a Gold Coin donation, we invite you to enjoy the festivities which will include

  • pool games;
  • sausage sizzle;
  • live music;
  • children's entertainment
  • and laser tag.

Note that this event is ALCOHOL & SMOKE-FREE