Monday, February 26, 2024


Australia Day

Liam Holland in top 25 high achievers for 2023

On the 26th January Liam Holland had the opportunity to wine, dine and mingle with the Governor of Victoria, Her Excellency Margaret Gardner and several hundred other people from all over Victoria. These invitees were all handpicked for the Australia Day Reception at Government House for being high achievers in their careers or education.

Australia Day winners celebrated at small council presentation

After the big washout of festivities on Australia Day, Barkly Regional Council rescheduled the awards ceremony for last Friday at the Council Chambers. A good number of community members turned out to support the winners of the various categories. However, several of the winners were unable to attend due to other commitments, including Citizen of the Year Alba Brockie.

Hotel hosts home-grown celebrations

The Birchip Hotel is building on a traditional theme of celebrating home grown talent on Australia day and this year the event was another resounding success. Bathed in sunlight, and welcoming shade from the trees, picnic rugs were rolled out on the grassy beer garden at the Birchip Hotel, with young families enjoying a jam-packed card of home grown talent.  

Australia Day wash-out, awards to take place at council chambers

Australia Day dawned less than sunny last Friday, and unfortunately for all those looking forward to watching the annual Australia Day Awards being presented and then participating in the fun to follow. Preparations were well underway when the sky opened up, and unfortunately, due to safety concerns arising from the lightning, Australia Day events were postponed.

Australia Day – Survival Day 2024

Council extends a big thank you to residents for taking part in the Australia Day – Survival Day community event, held in Castlemaine last Friday ... Along with the presentation of the Australia Day Awards, six people took the pledge to become Australian citizens at the community event

Our Erin: `I’m proud to call Lucindale and Australia home’

Australia Day was a time to reflect, respect and celebrate for around 100 people who gathered at Lucindale last Friday ... Lucindale’s 2024 Citizen of the Year, Erin McWaters, was praised for her outstanding contribution to the community “particularly her volunteer work and fundraising contributions”.

Reconciling our past

We would have been so much better if we had reconciled our past with the First Nations people of this land. This was the message delivered by James Darling AM, a South Australian conversationalist ... Mr Darling congratulated those in Naracoorte who were granted Australian citizenship and thanked them for their loyalty towards the country.

Hot shot

The Cambooya Australia Day committee landed a bull’s-eye when it selected hard-working Cambooya Rural Fire Brigade volunteer John Archer as the Citizen of the Year. Marking 236 years since the European colonisation of Australia began, last Friday, 26 January, residents of Cambooya and surrounds attended the local Australia Day event.

Fun activities on offer as Grong Grong celebrates Australia Day

Australia Day celebrations in Grong Grong started with a flag raising in the park followed by festivities at the Royal Hotel Grong Grong. Yabby races were held and this year Royal Hotel Grong Grong donated a $100 voucher as prizemoney and Grong Grong Anglers Club bought a Trophy to stay at the pub.

Inspiring speech by Narrandera Australia Day Ambassador

Australia Day is a time for all Australians to reflect, respect and celebrate. What today means to each of us here depends on who we are, where we come from, and how we came to be Australian, said Narrandera’s Australia Day Ambassador Doug Hawkins.