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Australia Day Awards and celebrations

Smiling faces of award winners with Mayor Machin and MP Maree Edwards.

Australia Day is not just a public holiday. Each year Council hosts a family event for the community to get together to recognise our Australia Day Award winners, welcome our new citizens, acknowledge our history and celebrate what it means to be Australian.

2020 Australia Day community event

The community came together on Australia Day at a community event in Victory Park in Castlemaine.

We were pleased to announce winners of the 2020 Mount Alexander Shire Australia Day Awards and welcome 15 new citizens in a Special Citizenship Ceremony. Each new citizen received a certificate, a native plant and a blessing to keep them safe on Dja Dja Wurrung Country.

The crowd heard from guest speaker and Australia Day Ambassador Matthew Albert, enjoyed entertainment from the Corker Orchestra and free ice cream. The Rotary Club of Castlemaine BBQ raised money for the bushfire relief fund.

Thank you to Uncle Rick Nelson for your Welcome to Country, and everyone who contributed to a wonderful day.

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