Bingara ready for a full Australia Day program

January 18, 2017

For the first time since its inception, nominees for Bingara Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year and Community Event of the year have been notified of their nomination. In previous years, the Special Events Committee devised ruses to make sure the person who would be awarded would be present at the awards ceremony. Nominees this year have been advised by letter of their nomination.

They are (in alphabetical order):

Community Event

  • Central School Phantom of the Roxy
  • Lions Club Heritage Park project
  • Unleash the Black Dog ball.

Young Citizen of the Year

  • Rosalie Carr

Citizen of the Year

  • Kathleen Groth
  • Susanne Hughes
  • Nancy MacInnes

Australia Day (Thursday, January 26) festivities begin in Bingara at the Historical Society Museum, where the Bingara Lions Club will be serving breakfast from 8.00 to 9am.

Central School leaders will be involved in acknowledgement of country and flag raising, before the official proceedings.

Australia Day Ambassador, Liz Deep-Jones will conclude the morning’s activities with her address. Ms Deep -Jones will be accompanied to Bingara by her mother, Janette Deep.

A range of sporting events have been planned for the afternoon and evening at the Bingara Sporting Club.

For Australia Day 2017, the theme is ‘Australia Day – Everyone, Everywhere’ in an effort to boost awareness of the diversity and inclusive messages of the theme. The theme encourages people to commemorate Australia Day in a way that reflects their connection with Australia, whether that be as an Indigenous Australian, as a newly immigrated Australian or as an Australian-born citizen.

No matter where people live or how they choose to celebrate our national day, it is a celebration for everyone. It supports the government’s priorities to encourage cultural harmony and social cohesion within our communities.

On Australia Day, The Bingara RSL Sub Branch will make a very generous donation to the museum. “This is to go towards the proposed two new rooms we hope to build,” Historical Society Secretary, Judi Peterson, said.

“One room will be specifically built to house and display defense and military memorabilia that has been donated. “Once the room is built, the RSL Sub branch will donate a lot of the items that they currently have in storage, so the donation is a winning situation for both organizations,” Judi said.

The Bingara and District Historical Society is a small group desperately trying to raise funds to enable these rooms to be built, so any help they can get will be gratefully received. The Bingara district has a strong military and defense history, in both World Wars, and other conflicts since then. A permanent keeping place for memorabilia, which is now housed away from public view will, no doubt, be appreciated by families of those who served, and the general public.