BIG WET: Enjoying a damp Australia Day in Alstonville were Margaret Freney and her granddaughter Jacqueline Freney.
BIG WET: Enjoying a damp Australia Day in Alstonville were Margaret Freney and her granddaughter Jacqueline Freney. Doug Eaton

Celebration settles down

AUSTRALIA Day celebrations in the Ballina Shire will be held at Lennox Head each year from now on.

The council has been rotating the official event between Ballina, Lennox Head and Alstonville, but this week the councillors voted on a permanent location for the day at the Lennox Head Cultural and Community Centre.

Cr Sue Meehan said it was time for the council to work as a unified shire.

"The community centre at Lennox is a beautiful building which we need to showcase," she said.

"It's perfect for wet weather and it seats a lot of people comfortably."

This year's Australia Day celebrations were held in Elizabeth Anne Brown Park under a large marquee.

But the wet weather caused some issues for council staff.

Cr Sharon Cadwallader said having the event in the same place each year would also give people certainty about its location.

"There is no better location than Lennox Head," she said.

Cr Keith Williams also said it would give community groups the chance to start building on the council-run event with other activities.

But Cr Keith Johnson said it was not a good idea to re

strict the celebrations to Lennox Head.

"We have facilities throughout the shire and I think it's appropriate to spend some time celebrating Australia Day in different areas," he said.

Meanwhile the council will also add some new categories to their Australia Day awards.

New categories will include Arts/Culture, Senior Citizen of the Year and a Sports Award instead of Sports Person of the Year.



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