COMMUNITIES across Greater Bendigo will celebrate Australia Day on Sunday, January 26.
Mayor Margaret O’Rourke said Australia Day was an opportunity to reflect on the history, growth and future of Australia.
“Wherever you are, whatever you do and however you celebrate, I hope you take a moment to reflect on how fortunate we are to live in Australia and especially Greater Bendigo,” Cr O’Rourke said.
“There are so many ways you can spend the day — attending a community event, having a barbecue with family or friends, or enjoying one of the local pools.
“There are a range of views about Australia Day, so it is important that we acknowledge this and continue to build greater understanding, trust and respect between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians and continue to walk forward together towards reconciliation.”
In addition to the planned celebrations, there will be free entry to all indoor and outdoor swimming pools.
Some of the events around the area include:
Rotary Club of Bendigo Sandhurst will conduct an event at Lake Weeroona, Napier St, from 10 am to 3 pm. The official ceremony will take place at 10.30 am and there will also be a barbecue, live entertainment, family activities, community displays and a Rotary art and craft market.
The event will be conducted by the group Axedale Our Town Our Future, at Axedale Hall Park, High St, from 8 am to 10 am. The official ceremony will take place at 8.30 am and there will also be a barbecue, flag-raising ceremony, live music and award presentations.
Mia Mia Mechanics Institute Committee will conduct Australia Day celebrations from 8 am to 11 am at Mia Mia Mechanics Institute, Valley Rd. The official ceremony will take place at 8 am, and there will also be a breakfast barbecue and guest speakers.
The Australia Day celebrations will be run by Heathcote RSL Sub-Branch Inc between 10 am and 2 pm at Barrack Reserve Park, High St. Although there will not be an official ceremony, a barbecue breakfast will be available and local performers will provide entertainment.