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Australia Day in the gardens

News Article Date: 
Thursday, 21 January 2016

The Warrnambool City Council invites you to celebrate Australia Day at the free public event at the Warrnambool Botanic Gardens.

The event gets under way at 10.30am with a welcome to country and flag raising ceremony followed by an address by Australia Day ambassador Tonia Todman, best known as the master of all things craft on Healthy, Wealthy and Wise and Good Morning Australia.

The day will also be a chance to welcome new Australian citizens before the awarding of the Warrnambool Australia Day Awards.

Warrnambool mayor Kylie Gaston said that Australia Day is about coming together as a community to celebrate what is great about Australia.

“Australia is a society made of many immigrants from all corners of the globe. We welcome them into fabric of society and Australia becomes a better place for it,” she said.

“Australia Day is a time for community, family and friends, the celebration of living in a free democracy and of course, having a barbecue.

“It is also a time to acknowledge the original custodians or the land and I am pleased that our event in Warrnambool will begin with a Welcome to Country.”

For those looking to learn more about the breathtaking botanic gardens, a guided tour will commence at 12.15pm.

There will be plenty for the kids to do, including the awesome “zorb balls”, and there will be food stalls on site.

Live entertainment begins at 12.30pm with the ever-popular Holiday Actors performing songs from their ambitious stage adaptation of Big Fish with singer-songwriter Cooper Lower and John Hudson and Band taking to the stage before the event concludes at 4pm.

See who received 2016 Warrnambool Australia Day Awards

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