Mayor’s Message – Celebrating Australia Day

Published on 14 January 2021

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Our Aussie spirit continues to shine bright even through the darkest of times, and we’ve been through many these past months.    

We’ve had to cancel events, including our Australia Day Concert at The Farm, as well as change and amend our processes and regulations to keep in line with the Public Health Orders that are currently in place.

While we cannot be together at Bella Vista Farm, I still encourage residents to celebrate Australia Day in their own respective way.

Here at Council, we will be thanking our outstanding citizens who have gone above and beyond the call of duty at our Australia Day Awards on January 20.

This will be followed by a Citizenship Ceremony, which is planned to go ahead on January 26. We’ve invited 72 people to attend this very special ceremony, and I look forward to welcoming our newest Aussie citizens on our nation’s day.

Adding to this, The Hills Shire will come alive with music and culture.

Local artists are being given the opportunity to activate parts of our Shire thanks to the NSW Government's Festival of Place - Summer Fund. This is a wonderful way to celebrate Australia Day and support live music in a dynamic and safe setting. Keep an eye out for details of who will be performing and where, closer to the date.

And Rotary will be hosting a number of flag raising events as part of festivities.

I want to thank everyone for their patience and understanding in what has been an extremely difficult time.

I look forward to celebrating Australia Day in a safe and meaningful way, and I encourage residents to also do the same.

Please keep up the good work, and still practice good hygiene and social distancing.

Mayor of The Hills Shire,

Dr Michelle Byrne