Part of a large crowd attending Ballina Shire Council Australia Day celebrations in Ballina. The council is considering a proposal to put on a luncheon for future Citizen of the Year winners.
Part of a large crowd attending Ballina Shire Council Australia Day celebrations in Ballina. The council is considering a proposal to put on a luncheon for future Citizen of the Year winners.

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BALLINA Shire’s future Citizens of the Year will get a nice Aussie sausage sandwich with their award certificate under a new proposal from the council.

In discussions about moving the shire’s main Australia Day celebration from Fawcett Park to Missingham Park, Cr Robyn Howden suggested it might be also a good idea to invite the award recipients to an official lunch.

That idea was welcomed by the other councillors and Mayor Phillip Silver suggested, with the change of venue, ‘we might go a bit down-market and have a picnic’.

Where things got a little sticky was working out just how far the council’s budget for sausages, potato salad and coleslaw would stretch on the big day.

Cr Horden’s initial suggestion was that only award recipients be invited to dine at the official picnic rug. However, it was quickly pointed out that the recipients might bring their families and friends along to share in their proud moment and they might not want to be separated from them.

The largesse was expanded to include partners and then again to allow a partner to be substituted for a child, parent or friend.

And, dispelling any fears that the council might be a few sausages short of a picnic, the councillors also voted to expand the volunteer awards category to allow honours for three people, to give a bigger representation in the awards ceremony of the many people in the shire working tirelessly for their communities.



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