Plans announced for Australia Day

December 30, 2009

Australia Day 2010 will see a return  to a traditional morning ceremony, to take place at the Bingara Historical Society Museum in Maitland Street on Tuesday, January 26.

The event will take place from 8am  with Bingara Lions Club cooking a barbecue breakfast for a nominal charge of only $2.Entertainment will be provided between 8.30am and 9am, and again when the official ceremony is completed at around 10am. 

The entertainment will be in the form of Australian bush music and poetry.  Unlike last year , there will not be a poetry competition as such, but organizers are keen to talk to any budding bush poets who would like to contribute either their own, or another’s work, to what will certainly be an appreciative audience.  Please contact either Peter Jones or John Wearne if you would like to take part.

The morning program is designed to beat the current heatwave conditions, but, in any case, plenty of shade will be provided and the Historical Society will be selling cold drinks as well as tea and coffee.

Highlights will include the Australia Day Address by Bingara’s Ambassador, and, in particular, the announcement of the citizenship awards for the past year.

Of further interest on Australia Day will be a naturalization ceremony to welcome Bingara and Australia’s newest citizen; a most fitting occasion for such a significant personal step.

Bingara Historical Society President Peter Jones says that everyone will be welcome on Australia Day morning. “The society, together with Gwydir Shire Council, extends a warm invitation to the community to attend  this most important occasion” he said.

Gwydir Shire Deputy Mayor Catherine Egan echoed those comments.
“Australia Day is one of the year’s premier events, and we would urge all members of the community to attend the breakfast and celebrate the achievements not only of our own citizens, but also what makes it truly great to be Australian and to live in a country of such security and freedom”, she said.

The program for the morning ceremony is:

  • 8am to 9am: Breakfast and background entertainment
  • From 8.30am 9am: National Anthem and flag raising,
  • Prayer for the Nation,
  • Official Welcome; Mayor John Coulton Citizenship Ceremony
  • Introduction of Australia Day Ambassador,
  • Australia Day Address Citizenship Award Presentations
    • Community Event of the Year
    • Volunteer of the Year
    • Young Citizen of the Year
    • Citizen of the Year
  • Vote of thanks and presentation to Ambassador – Deputy Mayor Catherine Egan

Further entertainment follows.

Evening at the Sporting Club
The Bingara Sporting Club is hosting a community event to close the Australia Day celebrations.

A camp oven and damper tea commencing at 5.30 pm will be followed by entertainment by Tony and Helen Cornish’s Australiana until 10 pm.

Golf, bowls and tennis will be played, and Ambassador, Warren Potent will be there providing an opportunity for local people to meet and talk with the Olympic shooter.

Children will be entertained in the conference room by Kimberley and Gail.

There will be a small charge for dinner and events. More details will be announced in the new year.