Council decides on Australia Day celebrations

At its meeting on 12 November 2019 Council considered a report regarding Australia Day celebrations. Council and decided to:

  1. Approve the conducting of the mandated Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony in the Marrickville Library on 26 January 2020;
  2. Transfer the citizen of the year awards ceremony to another date (to be determined by officers) and hold the ceremony at Ashfield;
  3. Transfer the festival in Enmore Park to another date in summer to be held as a children’s and families festival;
  4. Promote attendance of local people at the Yabun Festival on January 26th as a positive way to mark the day;
  5. Conduct the 26 January citizenship ceremony in such a way to respect the importance of the day for First Nations peoples;
  6. Thank Reconciliation NSW for their letter of support; and
  7. Write to the LGNSW and ALGA to request that these two bodies address issues in respect to Australia Day at a policy level. This should include involvement of peak aboriginal bodies in any policy development undertaken by LGNSW and ALGA.
For more information read item number five in the Council Report and view the meeting minutes.
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