Due to a surge in local COVID cases, City of Mount Gambier Australia Day celebrations will be modified to reduce risk to the local community.
“It saddens me to announce that Council will not hold the much-loved annual community event in its usual format. Due to concerns around the spread of COVID, we have cancelled the public breakfast and program of music and will relocate the Australia Day Awards presentation to include a small gathering of invited guests,” City of Mount Gambier Mayor Lynette Martin said.
“The safety of our community during these uncertain times is at the forefront of our minds in making this decision.” – Mayor Martin
The City of Mount Gambier Australia Day Awards including the Citizen of the Year, Senior Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year, Community Event of the Year and the Active Citizenship Award will be presented to recipients at an invitation only event to be held at City Hall on Wednesday 26 January between 9:00am and 10:00am.
“Award recipients and a very limited number of guests will be invited to attend this event to ensure that we are able to socially distance from one another and minimise the risk of the spread of COVID.” The awards ceremony will be livestreamed to Council’s YouTube channel for those who would like to tune in.