A day for all

January 19th, 2017
A day for all
Australia Day is the perfect opportunity to come together to celebrate the achievements of our local community and the exceptional people that have made outstanding contributions.

Events will again be held across the Hills region to welcome new citizens and acknowledge the widespread achievements through the presentation of the Citizen of the Year and Civic Awards.

The Adelaide Hills Council will host an awards ceremony on the Stirling Coventry Library Lawns from 9.30am-12.30pm with local Mayor Bill Spragg welcoming new Australian citizens to the Hills.

He will also be presenting awards for the Adelaide Hills Council Citizen, Young Citizen and Community Event of the year.

Bill said he was looking forward to being able to acknowledge the important contributions of people in our local area make on behalf of the community.

"It's a day of the year where we can focus on the importance of being Australian," Bill said.

There will be food, music and children's entertainment on offer to go with the celebrations.

Bill said it's important to recognise the multicultural nature of our communities.

"It's a great day for all involved."

Auchendarroch House have hosted a citizenship ceremony in partnership with the Mount Barker council for the last six years.

Mayor Ann Ferguson will once again be in attendance from 10am with her famous ANZAC biscuits and said it's a special time of year.

"One of the nicest things I enjoy doing is making ANZAC biscuits for the citizens," Ann said.

"Auchendarroch House is a beautiful venue, and it will exude history itself on the day. Everyone gets into the spirit, young old and in-between, it’s just exciting."

The entirely free event will see children enjoying a bouncy castle, mini golf, pony rides or receive air brush tattoos and face painting.

Ann said it's a great opportunity to acknowledge those that have gone above and beyond.

"Nearly everybody in our district does extraordinary things and this is an opportunity to acknowledge those who have been singled out for these awards."

"Everybody loves to be acknowledged and we have one of the highest rate of volunteering in our area – we are very special and privileged."

Other community celebrations will be held throughout the district with the presentation of Civic Awards by local ward council members.

Gumeracha Federation Park, Mylor Oval, Woodside Institute, and the Uraidla Showgrounds will all have presentations at different times throughout the day.

The traditional Murray Bridge Australia Day breakfast will kick off at 7.30am on Sturt Reserve with a variety of food options provided by local service clubs for a gold coin donation.

The Mayor will be begin formal proceedings at 7.45am with a welcome address followed by awards and a guest speaker, Kaye Mahomet.

Following the conclusion of the Ceremony, a pool party will be held until 6pm at the Murray Bridge Swimming Centre.

Jimbo the giant inflatable will feature from 11am-2pm in the Olympic sized heated swimming pool, with a featured grassed shaded area for family picnics and barbeque facilities.

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