Australia Day is a community celebration.
It provides us all with a chance to celebrate our local heroes at the same time as we welcome our newest community members and reflect, respect and celebrate what it really means to be an Australian, and all the things we love about our country.
Everyone in the community - residents and visitors alike - are invited to attend Kempsey Shire Council’s official Australia Day Awards and Citizenship Ceremony on Tuesday 26 January.
The free ceremony is being held at the Slim Dusty Centre, commencing at 9am with a barbecue breakfast served by the amazing people from the Rotary Clubs in Kempsey and Kempsey West - please donate a gold coin. Plus, there will be a coffee cart as well as the Macleay Kempsey Silver Band playing music from 9am.
The official ceremony will kick off at 10am and be opened with a traditional Welcome to Country and will include a performance by the South West Rocks Figtree Dancers, an address from our Australia Day Ambassador Dick Adams, the presentation of the Australia Day Awards and the first live citizenship ceremony to take place in the shire in 12 months with 11 people taking their pledge.
Macleay's very own Heath Lancaster will be doing a live performance and singing the National Anthem and We are Young.
The 2021 categories for the Australia Day Awards are:
- Citizen of the Year
- Young Citizen of the Year
- Volunteer of the Year
- Community Group of the Year
This event is delivered by Kempsey Shire Council.