Ky­val­ley Aus­tralia Day cel­e­bra­tions go swim­mingly

Kyabram Free Press - - NEWS -

KY­VAL­LEY’S Com­mu­nity Park and Pool was flooded with lo­cals who made their way down for Aus­tralia Day cel­e­bra­tions.

The crowd en­joyed a typ­i­cally de­li­cious Aus­tralian bar­be­cue thanks to the hard work from Stu­art and Neil Wil­liams be­fore the cer­e­mony be­gan.

Some lo­cal chil­dren led the be­gin­ning of the cel­e­bra­tions as they took part in singing the na­tional an­them – with the whole crowd join­ing to­gether as one.

Cam­paspe Shire coun­cil­lor Neil Pankhurst kicked off the of­fi­cial cer­e­mony by pre­sent­ing the Ky­val­ley Swim­ming Club Com­mit­tee and vol­un­teers with the 2018 Com­mu­nity Group of the Year Aus­tralia Day award.

Pres­i­dent of the group – Mrs Beryl An­der­son – ac­cepted the award on be­half of all past and present vol­un­teers and paid tribute to the hard work that had gone into the award.

Cr Pankhurst echoed Mrs An­der­son’s words by ap­plaud­ing the group’s ef­fort since they had taken over the pool 25 years ago.

Mr Peter Walsh – mem­ber for Mur­ray Plains was also in at­ten­dance and he too thanked the Swim­ming Club for their achieve­ments.

Cr Pankhurst and Mr Walsh both made short ad­dresses to the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

“Both men spoke of the im­por­tance of recog­nis­ing Aus­tralia Day and be­ing proud of our great coun­try,” Bev Wil­liams said.

Mr Neil Grum­mitt, a former Deakin Shire Coun­cil­lor was the guest speaker for the day and pro­vided a grip­ping speech on the his­tory of Aus­tralia Day which was re­ceived well by the crowd in at­ten­dance.

Some clas­sic Aus­tralian mu­sic was played through­out the af­ter­noon and to top it off a cricket pitch was set up and the games quickly fol­lowed.

Mrs Bev Wil­liams paid tribute to the vol­un­teers who helped the day go to plan.

“Thanks to ev­ery­one who at­tended on the day and also to the helpers, who set up, pro­vided the meals and helped with the clean­ing and pack­ing up.”

Robyn Campbell, Al­bert Walsh, Faye James, Me­gan Davies and Barry Davies.

Doreen Napier, Si­mon Wil­son, Mar­garet Wil­son and Mary Bow­man.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.