Freedom of the City
Freedom of the City is granted to both individuals and military units.
The title 'Freeman of the City' is historic one and may be conferred on women and men. It is the highest form of recognition the city can bestow upon an individual and a graceful means of bestowing a city's acclamation on a distinguished person. It is an honour of distinction that carries no privileges - simply a means by which a distinguished person is given recognition for a high sense of duty or public spirit.
Recipients should either be Launceston-born or, more importantly, have lived in the Launceston area for a significant part of their life and have made the highest level of contributions to Launceston.
Recipients should have rendered nationally or internationally recognised services to Launceston and/or Australia.
The recipient must have given outstanding service to the city of Launceston in at least two of the following areas:
- Government Bodies
- Federal Government
- State Government
- Local Government
- Semi-Government Authorities
- Community Service
- Charitable Business
The only exception to this would be in the case of those who have held high political office in the State or Commonwealth.
Recipients should have played a significant role in Australia-wide or Tasmania-wide organisations.
The granting and right to exercise Freedom of Entry derives from an ancient tradition and signifies the special relationship between an Australian Defence Force unit and its local community.
Freedom of Entry to the city signifies bonds of friendship and often the expectation that the armed body on which the honour is bestowed would assist in the defence of the city. While granting Freedom of Entry gives no real rights or privileges, there is no higher honour a city can bestow on a regiment.
This award is restricted to Australian military services that have, through their command, a significant attachment to the city. It is awarded in recognition of their achievement while on active service or overseas duty or as a mark of respect and gratitude for their efforts in the defence of Australia.