Australia Day Awards and citizenship ceremony go virtual

Tweed Shire Council
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In the interests of public health, Tweed Shire Council has rearranged its Australia Day celebrations next Wednesday 26 January.

Originally planned for an in-person event at the Murwillumbah Auditorium, the event which included the Tweed Australia Day Awards presentation and the citizenship ceremony, will now be held online to reduce the risk of COVID-19.

However, there is a silver lining to the decision, with both the awards presentation and the citizenship ceremony to be livestreamed and able to be enjoyed by family and friends in the safety and comfort of their own homes.

“I know many people have been looking forward to our celebrations on 26 January in Murwillumbah but due to the current COVID-19 crisis, we have to put the community’s health first,” Council’s General Manager Troy Green said.

“While the ceremony will look a little different this year, it is still a day for all of us to ‘reflect, respect and celebrate’ in a COVID-safe way.

“By joining us online, you can participate in acknowledging our outstanding Tweed Australia Day Award recipients and support our newest Australian citizens. Let’s show them what a great community we are!”

The online event will commence at 9 am with the awards, which recognise the outstanding achievement of individuals and groups in our community over the past year.

A highlight will be a video featuring the winning recipient in each of the 6 categories:

  • Citizen of the Year

  • Community Event of the Year

  • Sport Achievement – Individual

  • Volunteer Group of the Year

  • Volunteer of the Year – Individual

  • Young Achiever of the Year

The awards will be followed by the citizenship ceremony which will see 35 residents from 18 countries across all of the world’s continents pledge their allegiance to Australia.

Both events will be livestreamed with all members of the Tweed community invited to join in and lend support to this year’s outstanding award recipients as well as our newest Australian citizens.

Join the livestream from 9 am on 26 January 2022 at: https://primetime.bluejeans.com/a2m/live-event/eubtvqvs.

For those who prefer to dial in, call 02 9133 7105 and enter the PIN: 5984673#.

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