Wattle Range Australia Day celebrations continue as planned

12th November 2020
Australia Day events in the Wattle Range region will go ahead in 2021, with Council receiving grant funds to support COVID safety. Also, it's not too late to nominate for the Australia Day awards.
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Millicent's Lions Club members offer their hospitality at the Australia Day breakfast held in Millicent earlier this year.

Wattle Range Council is pleased to announce that all service clubs and community groups involved in the running of official Australia Day events in the Council area have committed to 2021. These events will be going ahead, with careful consideration of COVID safe requirements.

$20,000 in grant funding from the National Australia Day Council has been received by Council to assist with COVID-19 compliance at events and a further $1,000 from the same organisation to develop promotional materials.

Wattle Range Mayor, Des Noll said: “The events will enable our communities to come together safely to celebrate our nation and look to the future after what has been an extremely challenging 2020.

“It is clear that our communities have suffered from a lack of social contact and interaction, and we hope that they will use this time to acknowledge the outstanding efforts of those who have continued to keep us safe and well.“

Council’s CEO Ben Gower asked the community to remain vigilant. “People attending should keep in mind the social distancing requirements applicable on the day and we ask that you consider bringing your own chair or rug to help with this. Our Council staff are working closely with the organisers to make sure cleaning and hygiene supplies are available and safe food handling initiatives are in place.’

Breakfast events, incorporating official awards presentations, will be held from 8.00 am at:

  • Beachport – Hosted by the Beachport Rivoli Bay Lions Club with assistance from other community groups in Centennial Park.
  • Kalangadoo – Hosted by the Kalangadoo Lions Club at the Kalangadoo Institute.
  • Millicent – Hosted by the Millicent Lions Club with assistance from other local service clubs and organisations in Jubilee Park.
  • Penola – Hosted by the Penola Lions Club with assistance from other organisations in the Penola War Memorial Park.

Additionally, the Southend Progress Association will be holding their second annual BBQ event at West Beach from 2.00 pm until 4.00 pm.

Meanwhile, Mayor Des Noll would like to remind residents that it is not too late to nominate a deserving individual or group for the 2021 Australia Day accolades.

“In each of our four Council wards there are remarkable individuals and community groups who have worked tirelessly to make our communities a better place. Nominations from our community are essential in making the awards successful. We invite the community to identify and nominate individuals or organisations who have made a significant contribution to Wattle Range, so that we can ensure they receive the recognition they deserve,” Mayor Noll said.

The 2021 Awards nominations are open for Citizen, Young Citizen & Community Event of the Year Awards in each of the Council wards along with a new category which has been introduced this year for Active Citizenship.

Guidelines and forms are available online or at each of Council’s offices and nominations will be received until 9 o’clock in the morning on Monday, 23 November 2020.

For further information please contact:

Ben Gower, Chief Executive Officer
Email:                       council@wattlerange.sa.gov.au
Telephone:                (08) 8733 0900