Communities ready to celebrate
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Municipalities across the region are preparing for a broad range of Australia Day activities tomorrow.
Apart from shire councils organising official civic activities, various clubs and organisations have also planned events and celebrations. Official municipal celebrations and ceremonies include:
Ararat Rural City
Ararat: Noon, official shire ceremony, noon, Alexandra Oval Community Centre. Outdoor cinema, 8.30pm, Alexandra Gardens.
Ararat, Willaura, Lake Bolac: 2pm, pool parties at Willaura, Lake Bolac and Ararat outdoor pools.
Rainbow: 7.30am, breakfast celebration, guest speaker, at the Lion’s Den in Taverner Street.
Jeparit: 9am, breakfast celebration and ceremony, Menzies Square.
Dimboola: 11am, morning tea celebration and ceremony, Old Shire Hall Forecourt in Lloyd Street. Family night at Dimboola Recreation Reserve from 5pm.
Nhill: Noon, lunch celebration and ceremony, Goldsworthy Park.
Horsham Rural City
Horsham: 7am, breakfast, ceremony, awards, guest speakers, Horsham Soundshell, Sawyer Park.
Brimpaen: 8am, breakfast, ceremony, guest speaker, Brimpaen Hall.
Natimuk: 10.30am, ceremony, guest speaker, refreshments, community centre.
Dadswells Bridge: 11am, ceremony, guest speaker, refreshments, Dadswells Bridge Hall.
Northern Grampians Shire
Stawell: 2pm, free pool party, Stawell Leisure Complex. 6.30pm, official ceremony and family activities followed by fireworks at Cato Park.
St Arnaud: 8am, breakfast ceremony and morning tea in Market Square.
West Wimmera Shire
Apsley: 8am, breakfast, Apsley District 8s cricket, ceremony, recreation reserve. Dergholm: 9.45am, Dergholm Hall. Edenhope: 8am, breakfast celebrations, flag raising, guest speakers, Henley Park.
Goroke: 8am, breakfast celebration, flagraising ceremony, guest speakers, morning tea, Goroke Memorial Hall.
Harrow: 11.30am, flag-raising ceremony, lunch, Johnny Mullagh Reserve.
Kaniva: 8am, breakfast celebration, flagraising ceremony, guest speakers, Kaniva Swimming Pool, donation entry.
Minimay: 9am, breakfast with gold coin donation, ceremony, Minimay Store.
Warracknabeal: 8am, breakfast celebration, morning tea, Australia Day awards, musical entertainment, children’s activities, guest speaker.
Minyip: 8am, breakfast celebration and guest speaker, Main Street Town Square.
Hopetoun: 7.30am, breakfast celebration and guest speaker, Memorial Hall.
Woomelang: 8am, Breakfast celebration and guest speaker, Memorial Hall.
Beulah: 8am, includes flag-pole stroll, breakfast celebration and guest speaker. Starting at Beulah Post Office.
Murtoa: 8am, breakfast celebration, Murtoa pool. Gold coin donation.
Wallup: 8am, breakfast celebration and guest speaker, Wallup Hall.
Rupanyup: 8am, breakfast celebration, guest speaker, Rupanyup Memorial Park.
POOL PARTY: Torah Pickering, 5, makes the most of a hot summer at Stawell Leisure Complex. A free pool party at the centre will start Australia Day family celebrations in Stawell.
Picture: PAUL CARRACHER