This Australia Day be entertained by local performers and give praise to the community’s unsung heroes by attending the Burdekin Australia Day Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, 26 January 2016 at the Burdekin Memorial Hall from 9.30am.
Burdekin Shire Mayor Bill Lowis invited residents to attend the Shire’s Australia Day celebrations which would include performances by the Burdekin Singers and Theatre Company, Burdekin Brass Band, Home Hill Choral Society and Karen Healy Dancers.
“There will also be a naturalisation ceremony and the traditional Australia Day awards, as well as the cutting of the Australia Day cake,” he said.
The awards will include Citizen and Young Citizen of the Year, Junior and Senior Cultural Awards, Junior and Senior Sports Awards, Sports Administrator Award and Community Event of the Year as well as three new categories including Life Time Contribution Award, Excellence Award and Achievement Award.
Cr Lowis said the awards were the Burdekin community’s way of acknowledging the recipients for their contribution to our region.
“The award recipients have either represented the region in sport or volunteered their time to our community’s organisations,” he said.
“The judges had a tough time selecting this year’s Award winners and I look forward to making the special announcement on Australia Day.
“Nominees should feel honoured to have been recognised for such a prestigious award and proud that their contribution to our Shire hasn’t gone unnoticed.”
Cr Lowis said the occasion was not only a chance to celebrate what united Australians on Australia Day, but also to acknowledge the importance of citizenship in Australia.
“For those becoming an Australian citizen, it is a particularly significant occasion, marking the final stage of their migrant journey as they pledge their commitment to Australia and its people and accept the privileges and responsibilities of Australian citizenship.
“The Burdekin community is proud to welcome every one of its newest citizens and wishes them well as they make the pledge to officially join the Australian family.
“I encourage the entire community to join in our Shire’s Australia Day event and celebrate all that is great about our nation.”
Tickets for the event can be purchased online at www.burdekintheatre.com.au or at the Burdekin Memorial Hall on the day.