Australia Day 2017 - Celebrations planned across Greater Bendigo

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Communities across Greater Bendigo are gearing up to celebrate Australia Day on Thursday January 26.

A number of community groups have been hard at work planning events at Lake Weeroona, Axedale, Eaglehawk, Huntly, Strathfieldsaye, Maiden Gully, Mia Mia, Heathcote, Elmore, Junortoun, Kangaroo Flat, Golden Square and Goornong. 

Mayor Cr Margaret O’Rourke said Australia Day is an opportunity for all Australians to come together and celebrate what they value most about where they live.

“Wherever you are, whatever you do and however you celebrate, I hope you take a moment to reflect on how fortunate we are to live in Australia and especially Greater Bendigo,” Cr O’Rourke said.

“There are so many ways you can mark the public holiday – attending a community event, having a barbeque with family or friends, splashing about at one of the local pools or listening to Triple J’s Hottest 100.

“It is also important to remember that some Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have mixed feelings about Australia Day. However, I do believe it is possible to celebrate our history, identity and successes while acknowledging past wrongs.”

Cr O’Rourke said she also looked forward to the Citizenship Ceremony in the Bendigo Town Hall, when 30 people will become Australian citizens.

In addition to the planned celebrations there will be free entry to all outdoor swimming pools – Bendigo Aquatic Centre, Bendigo East, Brennan Park, Elmore, Golden Square, Goornong, Heathcote, Kangaroo Flat, Marong, Raywood and White Hills.


Here is your guide to Australia Day events in Greater Bendigo:


10am – 3pm

Official ceremony 10.30am

BBQ, entertainment, family activities, community displays and Rotary art and craft market

Lake Weeroona


8am – 10am

Official ceremony 8.45am

BBQ, flag raising, live music and award presentations

Axedale Hall Park, High Street


8.30am – 10.30am

Official ceremony 9.15am

Live radio broadcast, healthy breakfast, Australia Day Ambassador guest speaker, Councillor address, flag raising ceremony, live music performance.

Canterbury Park, Eaglehawk


6.30pm – 8.30pm

Official ceremony 6.30pm

BBQ dinner, musical entertainment, jumping castle

Garden of Remembrance

(next to Huntly Hall)


8am – 10am

Official ceremony 8.45am

Breakfast provided, civic ceremony, family activities, group displays, and art and craft market

Wellington Way, Strathfieldsaye Shopping Centre

Maiden Gully

7.30am – 9.30am

Official ceremony 8am

BBQ breakfast, civil ceremony, live music and a jumping castle.

Maiden Gully Community Centre, Cnr Calder Hwy and Beckhams Road

Mia Mia

8am – 10am

Official ceremony 8am

Breakfast BBQ, guest speakers

Mia Mia Mechanics Institute, Valley Road


9.30am – 11am

Official ceremony 9.30am

BBQ provided, official ceremony, local performers

Barrack Reserve Park, High Street


8.30am – 10.00am

Official ceremony 9.15am

Breakfast provided, guest speaker and live music.

Railway Square, Railway Place


8am – 10am

Official ceremony 8.45am

BBQ breakfast provided

CFA Junortoun, Pope's Road

Kangaroo Flat

8am – 10.30am

Official ceremony 10am

BBQ breakfast, civic ceremony and musical entertainment

Dower Park Sports Oval, Station Street


2pm – 7pm

No official ceremony

Children’s activities throughout the day such as noodle races, swimming races and tippity cricket, free community BBQ at 5pm

Goornong Swimming Pool

Golden Square

8am – 5pm

Official ceremony 9.30am

Free community BBQ, official ceremony, games and competitions throughout the day, and live music

Golden Square Community Pool













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