Search for Australia Day cheer squad
LISMORE City Council is encouraging people to attend Australia Day celebrations at Goonellabah to honour local Australia Day Award winners and give new citizens a big cheer.
Lismore mayor Jenny Dowell said the local official celebrations at Goonellabah Sports and Aquatic Centre are held in the morning so people can still enjoy afternoon barbecues or trips to the beach with family and friends.
She said having a large and enthusiastic crowd made the occasion more special for the award nominees, award winners and new citizens.
This year the Australia Day theme is Thank you Australia: Let's say thanks for our way of life.
"We would love to see the Goonellabah Sports and Aquatic Centre packed full to bursting," Cr Dowell said.
The ceremony starts at 8.30am and is all over by about 10am, she explained.
"We try to keep it short and sweet so everyone has time to take pleasure in spending time with loved ones," Cr Dowell said.
"As with any occasion like this, the bigger the crowd, the better the atmosphere."
This year there are 32 Australia Day Award nominees with each of these outstanding citizens having excelled in some way personally or professionally, or has made significant contributions to the community through volunteer or charity work.
"As always the nominees in the Australia Day Awards show us what a selfless and generous community we have," Cr Dowell said.
"Once a year we have the opportunity to recognise and reward that generosity of spirit and say thank you for making our community a better place."
There are also 28 people taking part in the Citizenship Ceremony.
These people will publicly take the Australian Citizenship Pledge and officially become Australian citizens on the day.
The 2014 Australia Day celebration will commence at 8.30am on Sunday January 26 at the Goonellabah Sports and Aquatic Centre, Oliver Avenue.
Everyone is welcome to attend.