Aus­tralia Day to stay

Southern Gazette (Victoria Park) - - News - Aaron Cor­lett

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.

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