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Australia Day - 26 January 2019

17 January 2019

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. The official ceremony commences at 7.55am. This is followed by celebrations and a community lunch, supplied by community groups, at Lucindale at 11.00am at Centenary Park, Musgrave Avenue.

What’s more Australian than a picnic on Australia Day?  Bring your picnic blanket, chairs and table to this year’s Australia Day celebration and enjoy breakfast at Naracoorte or lunch at Lucindale.

 

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.  The official ceremony commences at 7.55am. 

 

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

 

Thanks to Council’s support both breakfast and lunch are complimentary.

 

“I encourage the entire community to celebrate all that is great about our nation by attending an Australia Day event at Naracoorte or Lucindale.  On Australia Day we celebrate what unites Australians and the spirit and diversity of our country”, Mayor Erika Vickery said.

 

The ceremonies commence with the flag raising ceremony, followed by an Australia Day address by Dr Liz Reed.  Dr Reed is a vertebrate palaeontologist specialising in aged cave deposits, particularly in the World Heritage listed Naracoorte Caves.  Dr Reed has an interesting story to share about her journey to becoming a palaeontologist and her ‘love at first cave’ when she first visited the Naracoorte Caves.  Dr Reed leads a palaeontology research group at the University of Adelaide and is training the next generation of palaeontologists to study the remarkable Naracoorte Caves.

 

The ceremony concludes with the presentation of the Australia Day Citizen of the Year and Community Event of the Year awards.  Entertainment is being provided by the Naracoorte Highland Pipe Band and other local performers. 

 

The Citizen of the Year awards reward and recognise individuals and organisations that have made a noteworthy contribution during 2018, and / or given outstanding service over a number of years, to a local community over and above normal employment duties. 

 

The Australia Day Citizen of the Year awards being presented at Naracoorte are:

 

  • Naracoorte Citizen of the Year – Norma Davis.
  • Young Citizen of the Year – Angelique Dellaney

 

The Australia Day Citizen of the Year awards being presented at Lucindale are:

 

  • Lucindale Citizen of the Year – Lynette Loechel
  • Event of the Year – 40th Anniversary of the South East Field Days – Lucindale Lions Club
  • Lucindale Certificate of Appreciation – Stephanie Brooker-Jones and David Brooker

 

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.