Victoria’s Swan Hill Rural City Council has announced a lineup of events to celebrate Australia Day 2024 over two consecutive days.
Mayor, 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,” he said.
“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 and carved, 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,” Mayor King said.
Aboriginal Community Development Officer, Jacinta Chaplin, 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 King emphasised the significance of the community celebrations, saying, “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.”