Australia Day a time to recognise hard work
Australia Day is just around the corner and we are very excited in the Northern Grampians to welcome a new citizen and recognise the hard work of our Australia Day Award recipients.
Australia Day is the perfect chance for people around the shire of all backgrounds to come together and celebrate the things that make Australia great; community, mateship, and acceptance.
I encourage everyone to put their differences aside this coming Sunday and come together as a people united by the love of each other, the love of Australia, and to congratulate members of our community who have gone above and beyond to improve the lives of others.
We've had incredibly worthy nominations from across our shire and it was a really tough task this year to choose winners in the eight awards categories.
Sally Tucker is Australia Day ambassador
We are also pleased to announce Sally Tucker as our Australia Day ambassador this year to our ceremonies in St Arnaud and Stawell.
Australia Day Ambassadors promote the meaning of Australia Day and increase community spirit and the involvement of all Australians in Australia Day activities, regardless of origin and background.
Ms Tucker embodies the spirit and essence of Australiana, was an integral part of Cricket Australia for five years and is now working in hospitality.
She is a senior sports business professional experienced in sales and business development, sponsorship and commercial partnerships, marketing and event management.
Her expertise in sport and hospitality reflect the Australian spirit of hard work and dedication and we warmly welcome her to our shire to share her story.
Shire celebrations for January 26
Northern Grampians Shire Australia Day celebrations will kick off in St Arnaud with a free community breakfast hosted by St Arnaud Lions and Rotary Clubs at Market Square at 8am on January 26, 2020.
Then at 9am, the Australia Day Awards presentation commences with Ms Tucker followed by morning tea in the St Arnaud Town Hall hosted by the Queen Mary Gardens Committee.
Later in the day at Cato Park in Stawell, the Australia Day Awards presentations commence at 6pm with Ms Tucker, followed by a citizenship ceremony.
Once the formalities are over, a free community barbecue and family activities, including a petting zoo, face painting, and jumping castle will be available for all to attend.
Happy Australia Day to all and I look forward to seeing you all the events.
Cr Murray Emerson, Mayor, Northern Grampians Shire Council
- What's On for Australia Day in the Wimmera, Page 13