TRUE BLUE DAY: Susan Osborne (centre) of Kyogle celebrates becoming an Australian citizen with her partner Steve McQueen and friend Josie Donnelly.
TRUE BLUE DAY: Susan Osborne (centre) of Kyogle celebrates becoming an Australian citizen with her partner Steve McQueen and friend Josie Donnelly. Scott Harlum

Kyogle’s Australia Day celebrating a land of sunshine and shade

KYOGLE'S Australia Day celebrations will take place on January 26 this year at the Kyogle Memorial Institute (KMI) Hall in Stratheden Street.

There will be live music, billy tea and damper.

Oz Day Awards

The Australia Day Awards will be presented and include Student of the Year - Junior and Senior, Sportsperson of the Year - Junior, Intermediate and Senior, Citizen of the Year and Senior Citizen of the Year.

The winners of the writing award "What it is to me to be an Australian" will also be announced.

Entertainment will include musical medleys of Australian folk and pop songs by two local bands the Pimmadonnas and the Oddbods.

A light lunch will be served by Quota and two Aussie directed films will be showing at the cinema..

All the fun starts at 9am with the main event to get underway at 10am.

Community get-together

Joan Hayman of the Kyogle Australia Day Committee said it was an opportunity for communities to come together and showcase the rich and diverse culture that makes us Australian.

"This is the day when we stop and take time to celebrate our passion for our nation and highlight how fortunate we are to live in this beautiful place," she said.

"Parents this is your opportunity to speak to your children and encourage them to think about what it means to be an Australian, unfortunately too many of us take our way of life for granted."

Ms Hayman said we can all trace our individual histories to show we are descended from someone who came to Australia from another country, whether it be thousands of years ago or in recent times.

Land of sunshine and shade

"Sir Peter Cosgrove in his 2010 Australia Day address described Australia as a land of sunshine and shade," she said.

"Sunshine - sometimes harsh, but life giving to the wide brown land and all who live in her; shade - sometimes blessed in the relief that it provides from the harsh sunlight, but also the repository for some dark moments of our existence.

"I urge you and your family to participate in your community's celebration of Australia Day."



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