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Let's Celebrate

Publish Date: 16 December 2019 

Buloke Shire Council’s will celebrate a year of community achievement when it hosts an event to mark Australia Day on Friday 24 January 2020 in Birchip.

On the back of highly successful Australia Day Eve event held in Wycheproof last year, Council will stage its 2020 event at the Birchip Leisure Centre.

The event, which is open to all community members from across Buloke, will be an exciting night with guest speakers and the presentation of Buloke Shire Council’s Australia Day Awards for; Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year and Event of the Year.

Council will again mark the Australia Day event with a citizenship ceremony which will see many local men and women become our newest Australian’s.

“Council is thrilled to be staging another event to honour our community. Planning is well underway for the night and I encourage everyone who can make it to come along and join in the fun. We staged our first such event last year and Council is committed to rotating our Australia Day event throughout our towns. Given Australia Day is a Sunday this year, we have settled on a Friday night timeslot to again give our community celebrations on Australia Day clear air”, said Mayor Cr Carolyn Stewart.

The event will commence at 6.00pm on Friday 24 January 2020 with an informal community dinner before the formalities begin around 6.30pm.

It has also been revealed that Buloke will again play host to three Australia Day Ambassadors. Building on the success of last year’s program; Damian Brown, Betty Kitchener and Claude Lombard have been announced as ambassadors for Buloke.

Damian Brown is an inspiring personality with outstanding sporting success, representing Australia in weightlifting at three Olympic Games, four Commonwealth Games and competing in a world-record 12 consecutive World Championships. His contribution to the nation’s sporting success saw him awarded the Australian Sports Medal in 2000. Damian will appear in Donald and Wycheproof.

Betty Kitchener AM is a mental health researcher and educator. She developed the innovative Mental Health First Aid training program which revolutionised how support is provided to people experiencing mental illness. The program has since been embraced internationally with more than a million people trained. Betty will appear in Sea Lake.

Claude Lombard OAM has been a fixture of Victoria’s business community for the better part of half a century. His leadership of Lombard The Paper People has led the business through fifty years of challenges and opportunities to become one of Australia’s largest suppliers of party, packaging and events products. Claude will appear in Birchip.

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For further information contact Manager Customer Engagement, Travis Fitzgibbon on 03 5478 0181 or tfitzgibbon@buloke.vic.gov.au