Australia Day events across the Murrumbidgee Council area
Australia Day throughout the Murrumbidgee Council area looks set to be a wonderful celebration of contemporary Australian life with community events in Coleambally, Darlington Point and Jerilderie.
Murrumbidgee Council Mayor Ruth McRae said Australia Day is an important day in our national calendar.
Cr McRae said it’s a day to continue to grow our inclusive, diverse and rich nation.
“It’s also a day to reflect on our terrific sense of community, where we all support each other in times of our greatest challenges.
“This is none more evident than with the latest bushfires and also the ongoing drought.
Cr McRae will be attending the events in each of the three towns.
“I encourage all members of our community to come along and celebrate our strong identity, sense of community and all the many great things of being an Australian”, she said.
“Also taking part in the official events is this year’s Australia Day Ambassador, Warren Potent.
“It will be a great pleasure to host Mr Potent, who is Australia’s most successful rifle shooter”.
The day will begin at 8.00 am with the annual free Lions Club breakfast at the John McInnes Square in Coleambally. This has been funded by Murrumbidgee Council through the Australian Government Drought Communities Program.
The official program starts at 9.00 am and includes the national anthem and flag raising, addresses by Cr McRae and Mr Potent, presentation of prizes for the colouring-in and photography competitions and presentation of the Coleambally Australia Day Awards for 2020.
In keeping with tradition, Darlington Point will host the Australia Day lunch, which commences at 11.45 am in the CWA Park.
The programme includes Welcome to Country, raising of the flag, the Australia Day affirmation, official addresses by the Mayor and Australia Day ambassador, presentation of awards and cutting of the cake.
Lunch will be available after the ceremony.
The activities in Jerilderie will wrap up the area’s celebrations of Australia Day. Held at Luke Park and Lake Jerilderie, the festivities kick off at 6.30 pm.
The evening includes entertainment by popular musician, Ray Macartney, continuous spinning wheel draws, as well as the Lions Club barbecue and other refreshments.
A key part of the evening is the announcement of the Citizenship Awards, as well as the spectacular fireworks display.
Always a highlight for the crowd, the fireworks will commence at 9.45 pm.
Cr McRae thanked the many members of the community who assist with the Australia Day celebrations.