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Community invited to celebrate Australia Day

By Mark Beale

LOCAL residents are invited to celebrate all that is great about Australia at the Whitsunday Sailing Club (WSC) next Monday, January 26.

For the second time in the past three years, the club will be hosting official Australia Day proceedings as well as its own family fun day.

Mayor Jennifer Whitney said Council was happy to partner with the club again “because we just believe it value adds to what they’re already doing and gives people more options”.

“The location’s just magnificent, there’s beautiful views, plenty of space for the activities to occur and it’s an environment that’s welcoming not just to adults but to families and young children,” she said.

Cr Whitney said one of her favourite memories from the club’s last hosting of Australia Day was the crowd participation in the Australia Day Awards and citizenship ceremonies.

“I think becoming an Australian citizen on Australia Day is very significant and really, the overwhelming support those new citizens received here last time made them feel so welcomed and so supported – it was magic,” she said.

WSC functions manager said in addition to these formalities the day would include lots of giveaways, games, a barbeque, Lamingtons, bouncy castle, cricket on the lawn and live music by local acts Dylan Hammond, the Booroff Duo and the Left of Centre band.

“It’s just a nice, family entertaining day – something everybody can come to and feel welcome,” she said.

The day will kick off with the Dan Kane Memorial Sail at 11am.

Festivities at the club will get underway at midday, with activities and music running all afternoon and finishing at 6pm.

A presentation for the Dan Kane race will be held at 3.45pm just prior to the Council ceremonies at 4pm.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

What: Australia Day

Where: Whitsunday Sailing Club

Time: 12-6pm

Official ceremonies: 4pm

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