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City of Greater Geraldton announces full day of events for Australia Day

Jamie ThannooGeraldton Guardian
Derek Councillor at the Australia Day Welcome to Country in 2022.
Camera IconDerek Councillor at the Australia Day Welcome to Country in 2022. Credit: Katarina Smelikova

The City of Greater Geraldton says its Australia Day plans will be inclusive and respectful, with a full day of activities planned for the foreshore on January 26, to be finished off with a fireworks display.

Performers and stalls, including an interactive Aboriginal sand mural, a boomerang painting workshop and a circus workshop, will be spread across Stow Gardens, beginning at 7am and finishing at 9pm.

A smoking ceremony will once again be lead by Yamatji Naaguja man Derek Councillor, where new citizens and community members will be invited to come together.

City of Greater Geraldton Mayor Shane Van Styn said the events were planned to be respectful, and welcomed Mr Councillor’s contribution.

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“Australia Day can be an emotive occasion for many in our community and this has been carefully considered in our planning of this event,” he said.

“Having Derek Councillor lead a smoking ceremony is a fantastic way to recognise our Community Citizen of the Year Award winners and welcome our newest Australians.”

The day will finish with a fireworks display at approximately 8.30pm, depending on weather conditions. Updates will be provided by the City’s social media on the day.

In Mullewa, the Doc Docherty Pool will be open from 8am, where a BBQ breakfast and the Community Citizen of the Year Awards will be held.

The full program can be found on the city’s website: www.cgg.wa.gov.au/events/australia-day-2023/8784

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