Next week, the Macleay Valley is holding Australia Day activities to celebrate our national day. Australia Day is the day to reflect on what it means to be Australian, to celebrate who we are today and to also acknowledge our history. As citizens of the Macleay, I hope we all – locals and visitors alike – come together to celebrate the values that we all share and that we each accept and respect other people’s views of this important day.
This year’s official 2019 Australia Day Awards Ceremony will be held at the Slim Dusty Centre on Australia Day Eve, January 25, where we will welcome our Australia Day Ambassador, Diana Ryall AM. Diana is the founder of Xplore for Success – a boutique consultancy specialising in supporting professionals to achieve success. She is an ambassador for Honour a Woman, sits on the Industry Advisory Group for Victorian Police, and is a breast cancer survivor.
During the ceremony we will announce the worthy recipients of the Australia Day Awards from our record number of nominations this year. I also have the honour of hosting the official Australian Citizenship Ceremony where we will welcome 15 new citizens who are keen to join our Macleay Valley community.
Crescent Head: On January 26, the Crescent Head Lions Club is hosting a breakfast from 7:30am at the Rotunda as part of the community celebrations, and all they would request is a gold coin donation. I will be attending with our Australia Day Ambassador, so if you would like to meet Diana Ryall AM make your way to the Rotunda as we both look forward to sharing the day with you.
South West Rocks: Australia Day at the Rocks starts with a free breakfast for locals and visitors kindly hosted by the South West Rocks Lions Club. The morning’s festivities are being held at the Horseshoe Bay Shelter Shed from 7:30am. I hope you enjoy this year’s Australia Day festivities but please remember to stay safe on our beaches and our roads over the long weekend.