Australia Day in the Pyrenees Shire 2021

Published on 13 January 2021

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Pyrenees Shire residents are invited to come together on January 26 to reflect, respect and celebrate. Australia Day is also a chance to recognise the outstanding contributions of Pyrenees residents at the Shire’s annual Australia Day Awards.

Pyrenees Shire Mayor, Cr Damian Ferrari, said Australia Day 2021 would provide an important opportunity for the community to reflect on the challenges of the past year and celebrate being together and being Australian.

“In the past year Australia has faced immense challenges – drought, bushfire, floods and the coronavirus pandemic,” Cr Ferrari said.
“Australia Day gives us an opportunity to celebrate the community spirit in the Pyrenees, which got us through the challenges of 2020,” Cr Ferrari said.

The Australia Day event will be held at Trawalla Hall (just off the Western Highway). The day starts with morning tea, which will be served at 10am. The official celebrations begin at 11am with a Welcome to Country and smoking ceremony. All activities are free for everyone to enjoy.

Council presents three awards; Young Citizen of the Year, Citizen of the Year and Community Event of the Year. The activities of the day also include a morning tea, citizenship ceremonies and an Australia Day address, which will then be followed by a barbecue lunch. Children will be catered for, with loads of fun, family-friendly activities being held on the day, including Jamie & Kim’s mobile zoo, airbrush tattooing, face painting, a jumping castle and old school games.

Pyrenees Shire Council CEO, Jim Nolan, said the day would be a welcome release after the events of last year.

“After a really tough 2020 due to COVID-19, we’re really looking forward to celebrating the achievements of people who have given so much back to the local community.” Mr Nolan said.

“It will also be a chance for us to reflect on some of the good things that came out of last year after so much focus on the hardship and dislocation caused by the pandemic,” he said.

The day is a COVIDSafe event: everyone over the age of 12 will need to register upon entry via QR code or manual log-in, wear a mask indoors and follow social distancing guidelines. If anyone is unwell, they should stay at home.  

Transport to Trawalla may be provided if required. Please register your interest by phoning 1300 797 363 by Friday 15 January 2021.

The event is hosted by Pyrenees Shire Council in conjunction with the Trawalla Recreation Reserve Committee and with support from the National Australia Day Council.

To learn more about Australia Day, visit australiaday.org.au.