Communities to connect on Australia Day

Residents across the Southern Grampians Shire are set to come together on Australia Day (January 26), for a series of community celebrations.

Among the events is the annual gathering at Hamilton Botanic Gardens, which will recognise the efforts of local volunteers.

Mayor of Southern Grampians Shire Council, David Robertson, will present awards for Young Citizen of the Year, Citizen of the Year, Community Event of the Year, and Community Recognition – as well as the Mayor’s Award.

“These community-led events will provide an opportunity for residents to get together and celebrate what a wonderful place our shire is,” said Cr Robertson. “It’s also a special time to formally acknowledge active citizenship and achievement.”

The celebration at Hamilton Botanic Gardens will also feature performances by the Hamilton Brass Band, the Hamilton Singers, and Footprints the Choir. Attendees will also enjoy a citizenship ceremony and a free light lunch.

All Australia Day events across the shire will begin with a flag-raising ceremony and will offer attendees a complimentary meal. Some of the gatherings will feature live music and guest speakers like former Council Chairman for Lions Club International, Bruce Hudgson OAM.

“I encourage residents to meet up with family, friends, and neighbours at their local Australia Day community celebration,” said Cr Robertson. “I’d like to commend everyone who is volunteering their time to make them happen.”

Events summary:

Hamilton Botanic Gardens


Free light lunch.

(Wet weather alternative is the Hamilton PAC)

Balmoral – Seymour Park


Guest speaker and free breakfast.

Branxholme Heritage Park

5.30pm – 8pm

Free barbecue.

Byaduk Sports Pavilion


Free breakfast.

Cavendish Town Square


Guest speaker, community awards, and free breakfast.

Coleraine Tourist Information Centre


Guest speaker, community awards, and free breakfast.

Dunkeld Memorial Park


Guest speaker, community awards, and free breakfast.

Glenthompson Lions Park

3pm – 6pm

Guest speaker and free barbecue.

Penshurst Botanic Gardens


Guest speaker, community award, and free breakfast.

Tarrington Reserve Rotunda


Guest Speaker and free breakfast.

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