An Australia Day message from Chair of Administrators Ms Noelene Duff PSM
On behalf of the City of Casey and our Panel of Administrators, I would like to wish you all a happy Australia Day.
I am thankful that we can enjoy the 2021 Australia Day celebrations with family and friends, in line with COVID-safe restrictions, as we come together to celebrate our nation, our people and what it means to be Australian.
On Australia Day, we reflect on our nation’s history, which began tens of thousands of years ago with the First Australians – the world’s oldest living culture – and on the impact that European settlement had on our First Australians and their way of life.
I would like to acknowledge that Australia day is not celebrated in the same way across our community, or in some cases, at all. Australia Day provides an opportunity to reflect on the resilience and survival of Aboriginal culture and its people.
Australia Day is also a time to reflect on our modern history and the waves of immigration that have shaped us into one of the world’s great multicultural success stories.
We respect that, regardless of where we come from, the faith we follow or the language we grew up speaking, we are all Australian and we all have a contribution to make.
I would like to thank everyone in the community, especially those whose special efforts deserve our community’s recognition and thanks.
I hope that you all enjoy Australia Day in whatever way you choose to celebrate it, and that 2021 brings you, your family and friends, our community and our nation safety, security, fellowship and goodwill.