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Latrobe City’s celebrations for Australia Day 2002 will commence early in the day

By Latrobe City Council - 23rd January 2002 - Back to News

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Latrobe City’s celebrations for Australia Day 2002 will commence early in the day, with free municipal breakfasts and flag raising ceremonies being held in Moe, Morwell, Traralgon and Yallourn North on the Saturday morning.

Latrobe City Mayor, Councillor Brendan Jenkins, urged citizens to attend one of the Council sponsored breakfasts and join with others in the community, celebrating Australia’s national day with music and fun; and to ‘fly the flag’ on Australia Day, in shops and homes, in celebration.

There will be free entry to the Gippsland Heritage Park on Saturday morning for Moe’s Australia Day Breakfast celebration, with breakfast served between 8am and 10am and activities continuing throughout the morning until noon.

Morwell’s celebration will commence with a flag raising ceremony at 8.15am at the Cenotaph on Elgin and Tarwin Street, followed by an Australia Day Breakfast on the Town Common near the Community Playground, at 8.30am concluding at 10am.

In Traralgon, breakfast will commence at 8am in Victory Park with a flag raising at 8.30am. Breakfast will conclude at 10am.

Yallourn North’s Australia Day Breakfast will be held at Lions Park at 7am with flag raising at 8am.

The Edison Mission Energy Australia Day Heart Walk will be a feature of the Traralgon celebration, with the Latrobe Community Health Service inviting citizens to participate in walk starting at 9.30am from Victory Park. Further information on the Edison Mission Energy Australia Day Heart Walk can be obtained by telephoning 5136 5450.

Cr Jenkins advised those attending any of the breakfasts to take along a folding chair and/or blanket, advising that it would help to make Australia Day a more enjoyable experience for all citizens and visitors.

One of the highlights of Australia Day will be Latrobe City’s Civic Celebration being held at Kernot Hall, Morwell at 1pm.

Eighteen Latrobe citizens from twelve different cultural background including Bangladesh, Ireland, France, the United Kingdom, Sri Lanka, New Zealand and the USA will be presented with their Australian Citizenship certificates at this year’s Australia Day Citizenship ceremony.

The presentation of Latrobe City’s Australia Day Awards will also feature at the Civic Celebration. The names of the recipients of the Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year and Community Event of the Year, are withheld until the official revelation on the day, so the announcement of this year’s Australia Day Award recipients will be a closely watched event.

Once again, there is free admission to the Civic Celebration at Kernot Hall, and Cr Jenkins has urged Latrobe Citizens to attend. Entertainment will be provided by Ragwort, Thistles and Other Noxious Weeds during the Civic Celebration, and the ceremonies will be followed by afternoon tea. Contact Latrobe City on 1300 367 700 for any further information on the Civic Celebration.

Latrobe City has also announced that there will be free entry to Council’s three outdoor pools on Australia Day from 10am if the temperature is forecast to be 24 degrees Celsius or above, with a free sausage sizzle being held at each venue.

The Moe, Yallourn North and Traralgon outdoor swimming pools will each be open until 6pm, subject to the normal conditions for extended hours in the evening if the weather on Australia Day turns out to be hot.

"This is an opportunity for everyone in Latrobe to enjoy three of the community’s best facilities absolutely free. Perhaps Australia Day is the perfect time for this to happen, as it is traditionally a time when many of us take time out to relax and reflect on the freedom and opportunities we are able to enjoy as Australians," Cr Jenkins said.

For further information on the Australia Day outdoor pool activities contact the Moe Outdoor Pool on 5127 2931, Yallourn North Outdoor Pool 5167 1770 or Traralgon Outdoor Pool on 5174 1961.

In other Australia Day activities, Morwell RSL will conduct an Australia Day Breakfast stating at 8.30am at the Morwell RSL, for bookings contact the Morwell RSL telephone 5134 2455.

Morwell Croquet Club presents a Progressive Australia Day Doubles Tournament. Flag raising ceremony at 9.15am. Damper and Billy Tea available before play. For more information contact Dorothy Fogarty telephone 5134 1395.

Australia Day Races will be held at Glenview Park Traralgon on Monday 28 January commencing midday, for more information contact Traralgon Racing Club telephone 5176 2004.


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