Australia Day Celebrations | Reflect, Respect and Celebrate

Published on Wednesday, 27 January 2021 at 12:00:00 PM

The Shire of Pingelly held its annual Australia Day Celebrations yesterday at the Pingelly Recreation and Cultural Centre (PRACC) and Pingelly Swimming Pool.

Australia Day is about acknowledging and celebrating the contribution every Australian makes to our nation. From our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people – who have been here for more than 65,000 years – to those who have lived here for generations, to those who have come from all corners of the globe to call this country home.

Shire President Bill Mulroney said, “we’re all part of the story of Australia that calls on us to reflect, respect and celebrate on Australia Day”.

“We reflect on our nation’s past, the impact of European settlement on our First Australians and waves of immigration that have helped us become one of the world’s greatest multicultural success stories”.

The day started with the popular community breakfast catered by the Pingelly Recreation and Cultural Centre which also included Jan Kickett, local Noongar Elder, facilitating a Welcome to Country, Bill Mulroney, Shire President, facilitating an Acknowledgement to Country, conducting Citizenship Ceremony and presentation of the Community Awards.

Congratulations to:

  • Arola Mitchell for becoming a citizen of the Commonwealth of Australia
  • Shondelle Beard for being awarded the Community Service Award
  • Sheree Blechynden for being awarded Sportsperson of the Year

Throughout the morning, Narrogin-based performer, The Singing Plumber also played Australian themed music while members of the community reconnected after returning home from the summer school holidays.

A family fun day was held during the afternoon at Pingelly Swimming Pool. The team at Arola’s Café and Bakery provided a pop-up buffet lunch while the community stayed cool and local youth enjoyed multiple rounds of the Tarzan swing inflatable.

Many communities throughout Australia, including the Shire of Pingelly, were successful in obtaining funding from the National Australia Day Council to increase activities at the 2021 celebrations. Shire President Bill Mulroney said , ‘’on behalf of the Shire of Pingelly and the community, I’d like to thank the National Australia Day Council for the generous financial assistance that made the Australia Day Celebrations a day to remember’’.

A photo album has been uploaded to the Shire of Pingelly's Facebook page here

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