Moyne Australia Day Celebrations

Published on 14 January 2020

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Residents and visitors to Moyne are invited to celebrate what’s great about living in Australia, as Council hosts its annual Australia Day celebrations in Port Fairy this year.

The event is being held at Fiddlers Green, Port Fairy on Sunday 26 January and includes a community breakfast hosted by the Port Fairy Belfast Lions Club, a citizenship ceremony, presentation of the shire’s Australia Day Awards and an address by Australia Day Ambassador Michael Steel.

Moyne Shire Mayor, Cr Daniel Meade, said this year’s celebrations would focus on celebrating what is great about living in Australia, while recognising the hardships many across the country are currently facing.

“Taking part in this community celebration allows us to reflect on how lucky we are to live in a country as great as Australia, and a shire as great as Moyne,” Cr Meade said.

“It will be a chance for us to come together as a community and acknowledge and pay respects to those many Australians who have been affected by the bushfire crisis.

“I am also looking forward to meeting the recipients of our Australia Day Awards. Awarded across three categories; Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year and Community Event of the Year, the Awards recognise local people making a significant contribution to our local community.

“We will also welcome 20 new Australian citizens at the Moyne Shire Australia Day celebrations. Coming from all corners of the globe, the 15 adults and five children come from the United Kingdom, the Phillipines, South Africa, Germany and Canada, but have chosen to make the great Moyne Shire their home.”

Michael Steel was chosen as this year’s Australia Day Ambassador due to his ongoing support and contribution to the local community.

“Michael is well known in the community, local industry and has represented the Shire internationally through his bluestone products business Bamstone,” Cr Meade said.

“Michael was instrumental in the Port Fairy streetscape project and has been involved with many community organisations, event and activities,”

“These include the Belfast Aquatics fundraising and building committee, RSL projects across the region, the Indigenous community including Clontarf Academy, the Warrnambool Racing Club Walk of Champions, the Port Fairy Smart Energy Group and a variety of other fundraising projects.”

The Moyne Shire Australia Day celebrations will kick off with the community breakfast at 8am, followed by the official program commencing at 9.30am. A variety of activities will be held following the official celebrations as part of the final day of the month-long Moyneyana Festival.