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Australia Day is a day for all Australians; to celebrate what makes us great, to consider wherewe've come from, where we are now and what kind of a future we want to build together.
Mayor Jenny Whitney said Australia Day celebrations are a fun way to celebrate our heritage and to come together as a nation and enjoy what's great about Australia and being Australian.
“This year is also the celebration of a significant milestone for all Australians – the 65th anniversary of Australian citizenship,” Mayor Whitney said.
“Across the Whitsunday region we will welcome 32 people from 9 countries to officially join theAustralian family in ceremonies held in Proserpine, Collinsville and Bowen,” she said.
“Australia Day is the most popular day to become a citizen, with more than 17,000 peopleexpected to become citizens at about 430 special ceremonies across the nation,” she said.
“I hope the community take the opportunity to attend one of the free events being held across the Whitsunday region this Australia Day. I will be attending all events and we have a great day of festivities organised including the Australia Day Awards and Australian Citizenship Ceremonies.”
Events being held by the Whitsunday Regional Council on Sunday 26, January, 2014 include:
ProserpineWhere: Proserpine Entertainment CentreTime: 7:00am start followed by the official ceremony at 8:15amWhat: The Proserpine Lions Club is hosting a gold coin donation BBQ Breakfast followedby the official ceremony. The ceremony includes the Australian Citizenship Ceremony and Australia Day Awards. Entertainment will be provided Jenni Borellini and the Proserpine Citizens Band.
CollinsvilleWhere: Collinsville Community CentreTime: 12 noon start followed by lunchWhat: The Collinsville Community Association Inc is hosting the Australia Day lunch, flagraising, Australian Citizenship Ceremony and awards presentation.BowenWhere: Bowen PCYCTime: 4pm for entertainment with a 5pm start for the official ceremony and BBQ dinnerWhat: Entertainment includes a jumping castle, face painting and games. The officialceremony includes the Australian Citizenship Ceremony, Australia Day Awardspresentation, crab auction and BBQ Dinner.
Anyone with enquiries should contact Diane Nolan in Bowen on 4761 3624 or Lisa Maher inProserpine on 4945 0204.
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