Come along to the Burdekin Memorial Hall, Home Hill, next weekend and celebrate what’s great about being an Australian.
The celebrations kick off at 11am on Sunday, January 26.
Burdekin Shire Mayor Councillor Bill Lowis invited residents to attend the celebrations which would include performances by the Burdekin Singers and Theatre Company, Karen Healy Dancers and the Home Hill Choral Society.
“There will also be a naturalisation ceremony and the traditional Australia Day awards, as well as the cutting of the Australia Day cake,” he said.
The awards will include Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year, Junior and Senior Cultural Awards, Junior and Senior Sports Awards, Sports Administrator Award and Community Event of the Year.
Cr Lowis said the awards were the Burdekin community’s way of acknowledging the recipients for their contribution to our region.
“The award recipients have either represented the region in sport or volunteered their time to our community’s organisations,” he said.
Cr Lowis said the occasion was not only a chance to celebrate what united Australians on Australia Day, but also to acknowledge the importance of citizenship in Australia.
“Australia Day is always a special day for Australians and with this year’s events also marking the 65th year of Australian citizenship there has never been a better time to celebrate the spirit and diversity of our country,” he said.
“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.
“The Burdekin community is proud to welcome every one of its newest citizens and wishes them well as they make the pledge to officially join the Australian family.
“I encourage the entire community to join in our Shire’s Australia Day events and celebrate all that is great about our nation.”
The status of Australian citizenship was created by the Nationality and Citizenship Act 1948 which came into force on January 26, 1949.
People wanting to attend the festivities can purchase a $3 entry ticket from the Burdekin Theatre, Burdekin Library in Home Hill or at the door.