Shire changes cel­e­bra­tions

Seymour Telegraph - - NEWS -

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.

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