Shire changes celebrations
Strathbogie Shire has decided to do away with its shire-wide Australia Day event, with celebrations to instead take place at local events.
Australia Day celebrations will be held in Avenel, Euroa, Longwood, Nagambie, Strathbogie and Violet Town on January 26.
At its September meeting, Strathbogie Shire Council resolved to eliminate the shire-wide Australia Day event in favour of presenting awards at the recipients’ local events.
Council will decide the location of the Australia Day citizenship ceremonies at the statutory council meeting.
The following amendment was added to the resolution and supported by councillors Kate Stothers, Debra Swan, Alistair Thomson and Mayor Amanda McLaren:
That council investigate 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.
Councillors Malcolm Little, John Mason and Graeme Williams did not support this amendment.
A working group will meet with indigenous representatives to develop a proposed format for the forum. The community will be engaged once this has been endorsed by council.