Great day can be further improved
Federation Council’s 2023 Australia Day at ClubMulwala has been described as an absolutely fantastic event which can be further improved.
“The venue was outstanding. Holding it indoors gave families the opportunity to have a meal. I just thought the whole event was absolutely fantastic,” Mayor Pat Bourke said at council’s monthly meeting, in Urana, on January 31.
Cr Aaron Nicholls described the event as “a great experience” and was pleased to see Uncle Dozer given centre stage on many occasions.
“Only five years ago we had no aboriginal presence on Australia Day,” Cr Nicholls said. “Regarding the Minute’s Silence in respect of Bangerang people who have passed, it was something he questioned whether he should do but I said ‘it’s your space, you do it’; he represented the Bangerang people well.”
Council’s 8.00am to 12 noon Australia Day
event was described as “joyous” by Cr Sally
Hughes. “It was a real pleasure to attend,”
“It was good to see so many young people get up on stage – they’re our future leaders. There are so many people who should be on stage and it was good to see some acknowledged.”
Further involvement of young people in Australia Day appears set to be looked at by council staff and what was delivered on January 26 this year by students singing ‘I am, you are we are Australian’ to the music of the Rivereens was magnificent.
Cr Hughes was also glad to see the six new Aussies with the naturalisation ceremony by Mayor Bourke in such a good atmosphere.
Federation Council’s General Manager Adrian Butler mentioned the significance of Australia Day medals such as OAMs and implored the community to consider community members they believed are worthy of national medals. Apart from the two worthy Howlong recipients, no-one else in the large Federation Council area was chosen for such a prestigious medal.
Nominating worthy citizens for a national medal was encouraged by Mr Butler. “They don’t look for the reward but very much appreciate when they receive it,” he said.