Australia Day 2018 - Celebrations planned across Greater Bendigo

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Communities across Greater Bendigo are gearing up to celebrate Australia Day on Friday 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.

Deputy Mayor Cr Jennifer Alden said Australia Day was 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 Alden said.

“Our community is a safe, inclusive place where all cultures can come together to share in the joy of living here.

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

“Thank you to the many community groups that are helping to stage events across the municipality, your time and energy is greatly appreciated to ensure that we have a way of celebrating together.

“However, it is also important to remember that some Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other members of our community do not see Australia Day as a day of celebration, and it is important we are respectful of this.”

Cr Alden said she also looked forward to the Citizenship Ceremony in the Bendigo Town Hall, when 41 people from Iraq, Brazil, South Korea, India, the Philippines, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Myanmar, Israel, United States of America, France, Cyprus and Thailand 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:

Bendigo - Lake Weeroona

  • Conducted by Rotary Club Bendigo Sandhurst
  • 9am-2pm, Official ceremony 10.30am
  • BBQ, live entertainment, family activities, community displays and Rotary art and craft market 

Axedale - Axedale Hall Park, High Street

  • Conducted by Axedale Our Town Our Future 
  • 8am-10am, Official ceremony 8.30am
  • BBQ, flag raising, live music and award presentations

Eaglehawk - Canterbury Park

  • Conducted by Rotary Club of Eaglehawk Australia Day Committee
  • 8am-10am, Official ceremony 8.30am 
  • Live radio broadcast, free community breakfast, Australia Day Ambassador guest speaker, Councillor address, flag raising ceremony, live music performance, presentation of Eaglehawk Citizen of the Year 

Huntly - Garden of Remembrance (next to Huntly Hall)

  • Conducted by Huntly Epsom Lions Club 
  • 6.30pm-8.30pm, Official ceremony 6.30pm 
  • Free BBQ dinner, musical entertainment, jumping castle 

Strathfieldsaye - Strathfieldsaye Shopping Centre, Wellington Way

  • Conducted by 1st Strathfieldsaye Scout Group and Strathfieldsaye Lions Club 
  • 8am-9.45am, Official ceremony 8.45am 
  • Free BBQ breakfast, civic ceremony, face painting, group displays 

Maiden Gully - Maiden Gully Community Centre, cnr Calder HWY and Beckhams Road

  • Conducted by Lions Club of Maiden Gully/Marong
  • 7.30am-9am, Official ceremony 8am 
  • BBQ breakfast, civil ceremony, live music and a jumping castle 

Mia Mia - Mia Mia Mechanics Institute, Valley Road

  • Conducted by Mia Mia Mechanics Institute Committee
  • 8am-10am, Official ceremony 8am
  • BBQ breakfast, guest speakers 

Heathcote - Barrack Reserve, High Street

  • Conducted by Lions Club of Heathcote
  • 9.30am-11am, Official ceremony 9.30am
  • BBQ breakfast provided, official ceremony, local performers 

Elmore - Railway Square, Railway Place

  • Conducted by Elmore Progress Association
  • 8.30am-10am, Official ceremony 9.15am
  • BBQ breakfast provided, guest speaker and live music 

Junortoun - CFA Junortoun, Pope's Road

  • Conducted by Junortoun Community Action Group and Junortoun CFA 
  • 8am-10am, Official ceremony 8.30am 
  • BBQ breakfast provided 

Kangaroo Flat - Dower Park sports oval, Station Street

  • Conducted by Lions Club of Kangaroo Flat 
  • 8am-10am, Official ceremony 8.30am
  • BBQ breakfast, civic ceremony and musical entertainment 

Goornong - Goornong Swimming Pool

  • Conducted by Goornong Swimming Pool Committee
  • 2pm-7pm, no official ceremony
  • Water activities throughout the afternoon, free community BBQ at 5pm 

Golden Square - Golden Square Community Pool

  • Conducted by the Golden Square Community Pool 
  • 8am-5pm, Official ceremony 9.30am
  • Free community BBQ, official ceremony, games, competition and prizes throughout the day and live entertainment 

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