Swan Hill Rural City Council is delighted to announce a lineup of events to celebrate Australia Day 2024 over two consecutive days.
Mayor, Cr Stuart King said the festivities would bring the community together to honour achievements, welcome new Australian citizens, and foster cultural connections.
“The official theme for this year’s celebrations is Reflect. Respect. Celebrate – We’re all part of the story. What better way to mark this occasion than by hosting events over two wonderful days.
“The first day of celebration on Thursday, 25 January is dedicated to recognising the accomplishments of our residents and embracing new Australian citizens through official citizenship ceremonies in Swan Hill and Robinvale. The event in Swan Hill will also feature the Citizen and Young Citizen of the Year, Local Government and Student Achievement Awards.
“On day two Council proudly presents our inaugural Shared Connections Day with a morning event in Robinvale followed by an evening event in Swan Hill. It’s an opportunity to revive cultural practices and strengthen community relationships.
“As part of the day, a possum skin cloak and a didgeridoo will be designed, becoming an integral part of the region’s history. Community members are encouraged to contribute by adding their name, a quote, or a symbol, which will be burned into these items.
“Attendees can actively participate in creating items that will serve as a lasting testament to our shared heritage.
“Various other activities will also be available, including traditional food and dance,” Cr King said.
Jacinta Chaplin, Aboriginal Community Development Officer, extended a warm invitation to all community members:
“We invite you all to join us at one of our events. This is a time to come together to acknowledge our shared past and to create a new inclusive future for us all,” Ms Chaplin said.
Mayor Cr Stuart King emphasised the significance of these celebrations.
“These events are about reviving cultural practices together, fostering a sense of unity and connection within our diverse community.
“I encourage residents right across the municipality to join with Council in celebrating together,” Cr King said.
For further information and updates on the 2024 Australia Day celebrations, please visit the official Australia Day celebrations website: https://cms.australiaday.org.au/events.
Day one – Thursday, 25 January 2024
Communal Celebrations and Awards Ceremony
On the first day of the celebration, the community is invited to join in the festivities, recognising the accomplishments of the community and embracing new Australian citizens through the official citizenship ceremony.
The event will also feature the Local Government Awards and Student Achievement Awards.
Robinvale Event: Robinvale Community Arts Centre, commencing at 11am
Swan Hill Event: Swan Hill Town Hall, starting at 6:30 pm – includes Citizen and Young Citizen of the Year.
Day two – Friday, 26 January 2024
Shared Connections Day
Day two will provide an opportunity to revive cultural practices and strengthen community bonds.
As part of the day, a possum skin cloak and a didgeridoo will be designed and carved, becoming integral parts of the Council’s history. Community members are encouraged to contribute by adding their name, a quote, or a symbol, which will be burned into these items.
Attendees can actively participate in creating items that will serve as a lasting testament to our shared heritage.
Robinvale: Caix Square in Robinvale, from 11am to 1pm
Swan Hill: Swan Hill Riverside Park, a sunset event starting at 6pm
Small town events – Friday, 26 January 2024
Euston and Robinvale: Euston Recreation Reserve from 8am to 11.30am
Nyah District Lions Club Australia Day Breakfast: 8am-11am at Nyah West Park.
Lake Boga Lions Club: Commencing at midday on the Lake Boga Foreshore, near Catalina Museum.
Beverford and District Fire Brigade Breakfast: Beverford Fire Station from 7.30am to 9.30am.
Boundary Bend Progress Association: Commencing from 7am to 9am at tbe Boundary Bend Memorial Park
Tooleybuc Piangil District Action Group: Breakfast commencing at 7.30am at Mensforth Park, Tooleybuc.
For details about additional events please refer to the official Australia Day celebrations website: https://cms.australiaday.org.au/events or call Council on 5036 2333.