IT is nearly time for the Liverpool Plains community to come together again to reflect, respect and celebrate.
Covid-safe plans are in place for Australia Day events on January 26 around the Shire in Quirindi, Warrah Creek and Werris Creek:
- Liverpool Plains Australia Day Ceremony - commences 10am at the Royal Theatre Quirindi. Attendees will be required to sign in via QR code on the day. The presentation of the Liverpool Plains Australia Day Awards and Citizenship Ceremony plus special address from the Australia Day Ambassador.
- Warrah Creek Australia Day Celebrations - commences 9am at the Warrah Creek Recreation Centre. Cricket is played in the morning, followed by the dog jumping show, lunch in the hall and an address from the Australia Day Ambassador.
- Werris Creek Australia Day Celebrations - commences 7pm at David Taylor Park. Always a popular event organised by the Lions Club of Werris Creek who host a free BBQ, an Australia Day Address from the Ambassador, live entertainment and concluding with an outstanding fireworks display.
Liverpool Plains Shire Council mayor Doug Hawkins is encouraging the whole community to participate.
"Australia Day provides us with an opportunity to reflect on the past, present and future and to think about where we have been and where we are going as a nation," he said.
"We reflect on our nation's true history, which began tens of thousands of years ago with the First Australians, the world's oldest living culture, and on the impact that European settlement had on our First Australians and their way of life.
"We also reflect on our modern history, the waves of immigration that have shaped us into one of the world's great multicultural success stories.
"We respect that, regardless of where we come from, the faith we follow or the language we grew up speaking, we are all Australian and we all have a contribution to make.
"Importantly, Australia Day allows us to celebrate our nation's place in the world, a proud, ancient, multicultural nation built on shared values that allow us to enjoy the freedoms and opportunities that other nations aspire to."
Councillor Hawkins said this Australia Day will also give us the chance to reflect on 2020.
"Over the past year we have faced fire, flood, drought and the coronavirus pandemic. Let's give thanks for and acknowledge the selfless and courageous sacrifice of thousands of first responders and frontline workers who put the safety and wellbeing of others before their own.
"Locally, we can be proud of the resilience of our communities and the spirit of helping, giving and supporting that helps define who we are," he said.