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Whitsunday Regional Council is gearing up for another fun filled Australia Day with family activities, BBQs, citizenship ceremonies and award presentations occurring across the region on Monday the 26th January.
Mayor Jenny Whitney said Australia Day is a great opportunity for communities to get together and celebrate what we love about our country, at one of the Council run family community events being held.
“The Australia Day celebrations will start at the Collinsville Community Centre at 7.30am with abreakfast, flag raising ceremony and presentation of awards,” she said.
“The Bowen Australia Day celebrations kick off at the Bowen PCYC at 10am until 2pm with theofficial Council proceedings consisting of a citizenship ceremony and presentation of Australia Day Awards at midday.
“There will also be a BBQ lunch and many fun family activities on offer including face painting, ajumping castle and crab racing.
“The Australia Day celebrations conclude at the Whitsunday Sailing Club in Airlie Beach with theofficial Council citizenship ceremony and presentation of awards at 4pm.
“I hope to see you there at one of the great community events being held across the region,” shesaid.
Mayor Whitney said the Australia Day awards will be presented at these events on the 26thJanuary for the following categories.
• Citizen of the year (26 years and older)• Older Person of the Year (60 years or older)• Young Citizen of the Year (16 to 25 years old)• Junior Sports Person (up to & including 18 years)• Senior Sports Person (19 years and older)• Junior Cultural (up to & including 18 years)• Senior Cultural (19 years and older)• Community Event of the Year (non-profit)• Sports Administrator (e.g. coach, official or administrator)
The ages listed above are ‘as at 26 January 2015’.
Council will once again support the ‘Wally Hinschen - Volunteer of the Year Award’ which is anaward applicable to towns in the south of the region.
This award was previously coordinated through the Proserpine Lions Club and it provides thecommunity with an opportunity to recognise local volunteers who contribute significantly to thearea.
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