Northern Grampians Shire Council is inviting the community to “reflect, respect and celebrate” at upcoming Australia Day events in St Arnaud and Stawell this month. The celebrations will take place on Wednesday 26 January, the official Australia Day public holiday.
Council will welcome two Australia Day Ambassadors this year – Life Ambassador for Australia Day and well-known TV presenter and women’s advocate, Ms Tonia Todman and horseracing identity and Reconciliation advocate Tony Cavanagh. Ms Todman will be attending the St Arnaud ceremony and Mr Cavanagh will be part of the Stawell ceremony.
The proceedings will take place as follows:
|St Arnaud||8am||Free Breakfast hosted by the Rotary and Lions Clubs of St Arnaud||Market Square|
|9am||Official Australia Day Awards and Flag Raising ceremony|
|Post ceremony||Free Morning Tea provided by the Friends of the Queen Mary Gardens||St Arnaud Town Hall|
|Stawell||6pm||Australia Day Awards and Citizenship Ceremony||Cato Park|
|Free Barbecue supplied by Woolworths and hosted by Rotary Club of Stawell|
|Family friendly activities such as a petting zoo|
PLEASE NOTE THESE PLANS COULD CHANGE AT A MOMENT’S NOTICE DUE TO COVID.
Northern Grampians Shire Council Mayor, Cr Tony Driscoll is very excited to be attending the Australia Day events and to host the ambassadors during their visit.
“Our community really revels in Australia Day; you just have to look at the jam-packed itineraries to know that,” Cr Driscoll said.
“It is an occasion to stop and reflect on our diverse identities as Australians and our need to reconcile with our indigenous community. We will celebrate the incredible achievements of individuals and groups over the past year and welcome our newest citizens to the shire.
“Come along and share in the festivities with us and if you cannot, please tune in to our live stream on the day to be a part of this special day.”
Council wishes to advise that the event will be a COVIDSafe event and managed according to current Coronavirus restrictions and Council’s event policy. Attendees will have to check-in using the QR code.