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Australia Day, 26 January 2017

Australia Day, 26 January 2017

12 January 2017

Australia Day celebrations kick off at Naracoorte at 7.00am at the Naracoorte Town Square with breakfast supplied by local service clubs, entertainment starts from 7.35am and the official ceremony commencing at 7.55am. This is followed by celebrations and a community lunch at Lucindale at 11.00am at the rotunda at Centenary Park, Musgrave Avenue.

Australia Day, 26 January 2017

 

This year’s Australia Day celebrations in Naracoorte and Lucindale promise to be more inclusive and family friendly.  Thanks to the Naracoorte Lucindale Council and service clubs breakfast at Naracoorte and lunch at Lucindale at the Australia Day celebrations are complimentary.

 

Australia Day events this year will take on a picnic format with everyone encouraged to bring a picnic blanket, chairs and table and enjoy breakfast at Naracoorte or lunch at Lucindale.

 

Celebrations kick off at Naracoorte at 7.00am at the Naracoorte Town Square with breakfast supplied by local service clubs, entertainment starts from 7.35am and the official ceremony commencing at 7.55am. 

 

This is followed by celebrations and a community lunch at Lucindale at 11.00am at the rotunda at Centenary Park, Musgrave Avenue. 

 

“I encourage the entire community to join in Naracoorte and Lucindale’s Australia Day events and celebrate all that is great about our nation.  The occasion is a chance to celebrate what unites Australians on Australia Day and to celebrate the spirit and diversity of our country”, Mayor Erika Vickery said.

 

The ceremonies at both Naracoorte and Lucindale commence with the flag raising ceremony, followed by the Australia Day address by Australia Day Ambassador, Lynn Hill and then the presentation of the Australia Day Citizen of the Year and Community Event of the Year awards. 

 

Lynn Hill was the founder of Dragon Boat Racing for survivors of breast cancer in South Australia.  Lynn was diagnosed with Breast Cancer in 2000 and from then her journey began into promoting cancer awareness.  Lynn has been involved with dragon boat racing since 2001 and has helped set up 3 teams in Malaysia.  She is also the PR Officer for cancer survivor dragon boat teams in Adelaide, Malaysia and Murray Bridge.  An active Rotarian, Lynn also assists with promoting awareness of Ovarian Cancer.  Lynn won the COTA Every Generation award in 2009 and 2012 for promoting involvement in physical activity for the over 50’s.

 

Citizen of the Year recipients are Daphne Burford for Naracoorte and Carol Miller for Lucindale.  Nicole Mugford is the Young Citizen of the Year for Naracoorte. 

 

Daphne Burford’s award recognises many years of volunteering with the Naracoorte Historic Vehicle Club, Naracoorte Novita Auxiliary, Naracoorte Red Cross Branch and Naracoorte Branch of Meals on Wheels.  Carol Miller’s award is recognition for volunteering with the SA Ambulance Service, the Lucindale Area School and Balharry Kindergarten and many community groups in Lucindale over many years.  Nicole Mugford receives an award for her work with young people of Naracoorte through the Naracoorte Primary School as pastoral care worker and many youth events. 

 

The Community event of the Year for Naracoorte is the Resilience Project led by the Naracoorte High School and financially supported by local businesses and organisations.

 

The selection committee awarded an Australia Day Certificate of Appreciation to Trevor Barnett for his contribution over 24 years as Pastoral Care worker at the Naracoorte High School.  His contribution to young lives has gone way beyond his role and has extended to parents and families needing help.

 

There were no nominations for Lucindale for Event of the Year or Young Citizen of the Year.

 

“Thank you to everyone who took the time and effort to send in the nominations and congratulations to the award recipients for Australia Day 2017”, Mayor Erika Vickery said.

 

A citizenship ceremony held during Naracoorte’s event will welcome nine new Australian citizens.

 

“For those becoming an Australian citizen, it is a particularly significant occasion, marking the final stage of their migrant journey as they pledge their commitment to Australia and its people and accept the privileges and responsibilities of Australian citizenship”, Mayor Erika Vickery said.

 

Australia Day celebrations are an opportunity for the community to come together, acknowledge the contribution people have made to the community and welcome new citizens to the community.  Australia Day events are held on 26 January.