CEREMONIES, events and entertainment will be held in Shepparton, Mooroopna, Tatura, Dookie, Arcadia, Toolamba and Murchison this Tuesday, January 26 to mark the true blue day that helps to celebrate what it means to be Australian.
Greater Shepparton City Council Mayor, Cr Dinny Adem said celebrations around the region will feature flag raising ceremonies, guest speakers, Australia Day Ambassadors, entertainment and the presentation of the 2016 Australia Day Awards.
“Australia Day a is fantastic opportunity for all citizens, regardless of their background to come together to celebrate our country.
“I encourage all residents to take pride in their country and reflect on who we are as a nation.
“Australia Day is a day for people from every walk of life to celebrate the things we love about our country.
“It is time to celebrate our freedom as individuals and as a nation, our lifestyle and culture, our land and its beauty, our history and our Indigenous past and our opportunities and future.”
Shepparton’s celebrations will see local Australia Day Ambassador, Wesa Chau impart her knowledge and skills to locals to inspire them. An insightful speaker, strategic thinker, advocate and consultant, Wesa is current director of cultural intelligence, helping organisations understand the impact of cultural diversity.
She is a current board member at Carers Victoria.
Some of her previous roles include student liaison coordinator for Culture Card Victoria and direct services manager at Action on Disability within Ethnic Communities.
Wesa has appeared regularly on a range of television programs, in radio interviews and has published a range of articles and opinion pieces on international education, cultural diversity and the Asian Century. In 2013 she was awarded the Australian Leadership Award, was an inductee to the Victorian Honour Roll for Women 2012 and was awarded University of Melbourne “Rising Star” Alumni Award 2012. She was also named Young Victorian of the Year in 2010.
She holds a Masters in Business Management; Graduate Diploma of Law; Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) and Commerce; and is a qualified teacher.
“Attendees at all Greater Shepparton Australia Day ceremonies will be able to hear from inspirational Australia Day Ambassadors. I hope everyone takes the opportunity to attend their local Australia Day event and celebrate what it means to be Australian,” Cr Adem said.
The following events will take place in Greater Shepparton:
Shepparton’s event will commence at 8am in the Queens Gardens with a flag raising ceremony. Guests will hear from Australia Day Ambassador Wesa Chau. More than 60 people will take part in a citizenship ceremony and Australia Day awards will be presented. There will also be a free barbeque brunch available.
The event will commence at 10:30am at Ferrari Park, with a flag raising ceremony, an address by Australia Day Ambassador, Marion Lau OAM and the presentation of Australia Day awards. There will also be a barbeque at the conclusion of the official proceedings.
Toolamba’s event will commence at 11am at the Toolamba Recreation Reserve and guests will hear from Australia Day Ambassador, Kevin Murray. Australia Day awards will also be presented. A free barbeque will take place at the end of proceedings.
A free breakfast will be held from 8am at the Arcadia Recreation Reserve and Community Centre. Attendees will hear from Australia Day Ambassador, Andrew Asten.
A free breakfast will be held from 8am at the CWA Gardens. Attendees will hear from Australia Day Ambassador, Bronwyn King. There will also be a flag raising ceremony and awards presented.
Murchison’s events will commence at 8am at the Murchison Swimming Pool. Attendees will be able to enjoy a barbeque breakfast followed by formal activities including an address from Australia Day Ambassador, Stan Alves. Australia Day awards will also be presented alongside other awards including Colouring & Writing award, Garden/Christmas competition winners and “Spirit of Murchison” photography winner.
A free breakfast will be held from 8:30am at the Tatura Italian Social Club. Australia Day awards will be presented and attendees will hear from guest speaker Matthew Hopcraft, a former Masterchef contestant.