Your day

January 24th, 2019
Your day
This Australia Day Adelaide Hills Council Mayor Jan-Claire Wisdom will swear in 24 new citizens originating from France, Chile, Sri Lanka, Latvia, China, Ukraine, Cuba, Ireland and the United Kingdom.

“Becoming an Australian citizen is a huge moment in a person’s life and I’m very proud to
share it with them on Australia Day,” Jan-Claire said.

“We welcome new citizens all year, but there’s something extra special about making a pledge on Australia Day with the extra colour and excitement that comes with that.

“At every ceremony we see the large number of friends and family members who come to support new citizens, so it is obvious that it’s a very important day in their lives.”

The Civic awards for the year will also be announced during the Australia Day celebrations.

“I think Australia Day is a great opportunity to shine a light on those members of the community who are working every year to make the Hills such a wonderful place,” Jan-Claire said.

“We are extremely fortunate to have so many passionate people in our district.

“We are always extremely grateful to the people who take the time to nominate someone
for an Australia Day Award.

“Many of our recipients do work that is out of the limelight, and it takes someone close to them to notify us so we can show our appreciation on behalf of the community.”

Across the Adelaide Hills a host of Australia Day celebrations will be held including presentations of local Civic Awards from 8am on the Mylor Oval, brunch and award ceremonies on the Uraidla oval from 9.30am, breakfast and award ceremonies in the Woodside Library from 7.30am and a breakfast and award ceremony at Gumeracha's Federation Park from 8.30am.

The council ceremonies in both the Adelaide Hills and Mount Barker regions will involve either a Welcome to Country or an Acknowledgement of Country if an Elder is not available.

“Australia Day can be a sensitive time for many people remembering the trauma of colonisation and I think that’s a part of our history that shouldn’t be overlooked,” Jan-Claire said.

“This day is an opportunity to acknowledge the whole spectrum of meanings towards Australia Day and we encourage people to find a way of marking the occasion that feels best to them.

“That might mean attending one of the events in the community, holding their own get-together, or having a day of reflection.”

Furthering the celebratory spirit in Mount Barker, a free family fun day of activities, citizenship and citizen award ceremonies will be held at Auchendarroch House.

Mount Barker Mayor Ann Ferguson said she'll be spending her day amongst the community starting off in the morning with the citizenship and citizen award ceremonies.

“We want to welcome and acknowledge those in our community that make it so fantastic,” Ann said.

“Auchendarroch house always hosts an amazing celebration on the lawn as well with children's activities, barbecues, music, bowls and a great family fun day out.

“We work very closely with the Peramangk nation and hold their views very dear to us and our council so we consult with them on everything which is why there will be a representative there.

“We want to make sure we thank them for being such wonderful custodians of the land.”

Ann said it was incredible to see the amount of nominations for this year's citizen of the year, event of the year and young citizen of the year and is excited to recognise the people in this community working to make it better.

“It was great to see those who have contributed over many years and those who have just come into the district and started volunteering to help make our fabric so much richer with what they do,” Ann said.

Whilst Ann said she definitely won't be taking part in any sausage sizzles as she's more of a lamp chop kind of a girl, she will be relaxing in the ambience of Australia Day with her international visitors and a couple of responsible drinks after her official duties have concluded.

If you're interested in taking part or joining in with the celebrations visit the council websites for more information.

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