Friday, 24 January 2020
Australia Day celebrations will be in full swing on Mandurah's Eastern Foreshore on Sunday, January 26 with fun, food, music and a Citizenship Ceremony.
The local celebrations will kick off at 7am with a $7 Great Aussie Breakfast (served until 8.30am) cooked by the Lions Club of Mandurah, and live music by the Mandurah Concert Band. Food and supplies for the breakfast has been kindly donated by Woolworths Mandurah. The Australian Lions Foundation will also be accepting donations on the day to go towards the Australian Bushfire Appeal.
The official Australia Day ceremony starts at 8.15am with an official welcome by Mandurah MLA David Templeman, the announcement of the 2020 Citizen of the Year Awards winners, a Welcome to Country and a flag-raising ceremony.
The Citizenship Ceremony will be led by Mayor Rhys Williams with more than 110 people from 19 different countries, including the Philippines, South Africa, United Kingdom and India, making the pledge to become Australia's newest citizens.
The Australia Day flotilla, organised by Mandurah Offshore Fishing and Sailing Club, will take to the waters of Mandjar Bay at 10.30am, with boats competing for the title of 'best dressed' which will be awarded by Mayor Williams at roughly 11am.
Mayor Williams encouraged the community to join in the celebrations and help welcome our newest citizens.
“We are very fortunate to live in such a beautiful place with a proud and active community and I look forward to celebrating all that on January 26,” he said.
“It is always an honour and privilege to welcome those people choosing to make Australia their adopted home and where better to make that commitment than Mandurah.
“I encourage everyone to come down, celebrate with us and reflect on how lucky we are to live in this country.”
Mandurah's Australia Day Ambassador for 2020, Jenny Davis OAM, will also deliver a speech at the celebrations. A 2020 WA Senior of the Year finalist, Ms Davis is a theatre maker and innovator, who is the founder and Artistic Director of Agelink Theatre, a company creating works that affirm the value of senior citizens, celebrating their wisdom and experience.
Ms Davis has combined theatre, education and community health through pioneering an intergenerational theatre program that engages younger and older people. By interviewing seniors and creating stage shows based on their memories, she records local histories and provides stimulus for those living with dementia.
She has received many accolades for her contribution to the seniors and arts communities, including an Order of Australia Medal, Centenary of Federation Medal, 2017 WA Champion Senior of the Year and WA Women's Hall of Fame induction.
This is another great City of Mandurah alcohol- and smoke-free event. Please leave pets at home as dogs are now prohibited at City events due to large crowd numbers.
There will not be fireworks in Mandurah on Australia Day.
For more information and to download the official program, go to www.mandurah.wa.gov.au/whats-on/calendar/major-events/australia-day-celebrations