Town cer­e­monies con­tinue, but shire event ends

Euroa Gazette - - NEWS -

STRATH­BO­GIE Shire Coun­cil­lors, at their Septem­ber or­di­nary meet­ing held at Gray­town re­cently, re­solved to elim­i­nate the need for a shire-wide Aus­tralia Day event.

Lo­cal Aus­tralia Day cel­e­bra­tions will take place in Avenel, Euroa, Long­wood, Nagambie, Strath­bo­gie and Vi­o­let Town on Jan­uary 26 in 2018.

Af­ter meet­ing with rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the Aus­tralia Day town com­mit­tees prior to the or­di­nary meet­ing, coun­cil­lors have de­cided on the fol­low­ing out­comes:

1. That the shire dis­con­tin­ues the shire-wide event and present shire-wide awards at the lo­cal event of the re­cip­i­ent.

2. That Strath­bo­gie Shire Coun­cil will de­cide the lo­ca­tion of the Aus­tralia Day ci­ti­zen­ship cer­e­monies at the statu­tory coun­cil meet­ing.

3. That the nom­i­na­tions form at­tached to the agenda be ap­proved.

4. That the ad­di­tional fund­ing al­lo­cated to the shire-wide event is dis­trib­uted equally among the lo­cal Aus­tralia Day com­mit­tees.

The fol­low­ing amend­ment was added to the res­o­lu­tion and was sup­ported by coun­cil­lors McClaren, Stothers, Swan and Thom­son.

Coun­cil­lors Lit­tle, Ma­son and Wil­liams did not sup­port this amend­ment.

That coun­cil in­ves­ti­gates the Indige­nous com­mu­nity’s ap­petite to change the date of Aus­tralia Day in the Shire of Strath­bo­gie by host­ing a fo­rum for them to ex­press their views on this is­sue to coun­cil.

In­di­vid­u­als and rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the Indige­nous com­mu­nity would be in­vited to at­tend and present at the fo­rum and it would be held within six to eight weeks’ time.

A work­ing group com­pris­ing of coun­cil­lors and the CEO will meet with rep­re­sen­ta­tive mem­bers of the indige­nous com­mu­nity to develop a pro­posed for­mat for the fo­rum.

Once this has been en­dorsed by coun­cil the indige­nous com­mu­nity will be en­gaged.

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