Australia Day to stay
THE City of South Perth has reaffirmed its commitment to Australia Day after three Melbourne councils decided to scrap celebrations on the day.
Councillor Cheryle Irons brought a motion to the council meeting on September 27 for the council to authorise the City to continue to celebrate Australia Day on January 26 “each and every year”.
The motion was passed unanimously, with no councillors debating against it.
Cr Irons said residents had raised concerns with her after the decisions of the eastern states councils.
She said the council should not turn its back on Australian values and continue to celebrate Australia Day.
Cr Glenn Cridland seconded the motion and said Australia Day had become an issue only because local councils had made it one.
He said it should not be something local governments deal with.
Chief executive Geoff Glass said in a council report the City had combined its Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony planning and logistics with the other celebrations on the foreshore, utilising the marquee and other infrastructure in the morning for the Citizenship ceremony and later in the day for other activities.
He said the City had no plans to change this arrangement.
The three councils that have voted to cancel Australia Day celebrations in Melbourne are the cities of Yarra, Darebin and Moreland.
A motion to celebrate Australia Day was unanimous.