Violet Town to celebrate Australia Day

Bringing community together: Violet Town will hold a breakfast and special ceremony to mark Australia Day 2022. Photo by Megan Fisher

The community of Violet Town will join others across Strathbogie Shire in hosting Australia Day celebrations on January 26.

The day’s activities will kick off at 7.30am with a community breakfast.

That will be followed by the town’s Australia Day ceremony at 9.30am.

Both will be held at the Violet Town Community complex at 35 Cowslip Rd.

Strathbogie Shire Council is inviting community members to get together to reflect, respect and acknowledge on Australia Day 2022.

Award ceremonies will also be held at Avenel, Nagambie, Euroa and Longwood.

The winners of Strathbogie Shire’s Australia Day awards will be announced on the day in the following six award categories:

• Community Organisation of the Year;

• Junior Citizen of the Year;

• Young Citizen of the Year;

• Citizen of the Year;

• Senior Citizen of the Year; and

• Community Event of the Year.

Strathbogie Shire Mayor Laura Binks said the winners of the shire-wide awards would also be announced on the day.

“Australia Day is a time to reflect on our collective past, present and future,” Cr Binks said.

“In our shire it’s also an opportunity for us to acknowledge members of our community who are doing great things.

“These are the people, and groups, who volunteer their time to create the sense of community that makes Strathbogie Shire such a wonderful place.

“It’s an opportunity for us to recognise the people who make our community better.

“I recognise the January 26 can bring pain to First Nations people and we will explore how we acknowledge this and work towards creating events that are respectful and inclusive in the future.”