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Australia Day in the Gardens 2017

News Article Date: 
Friday, 20 January 2017

Hawthorn premiership player and Brownlow Medallist Robert DiPierdomenico is Warrnambool’s Australia Day Ambassador.

“Dipper” will attend the Warrnambool City Council’s official Australia Day celebrations at the Botanic Gardens from 10.30am.

As well as undertaking various media roles, since retiring he has coached a team of Israeli and Palestinian players in the AFL International Cup and is an AFL ambassador for junior development.

“I love Warrnambool, when they asked me to come down, I said ‘I’m there,’” Mr DiPierdomenico said.

“I'm really looking forward to meeting many of our fellow Australians and future Aussies. 

“It's a very simple day where we get around a BBQ, grab a sausage in bread and say ‘g'day.’”

Warrnambool Mayor Kylie Gaston said that Australia Day in the gardens is an event the community can take pride in. 

“Australia Day is a time to celebrate where we are from and where we are going,” Cr Gaston said.

“It’s a day to officially welcome new citizens and to acknowledge the local heroes in our community who get things done without seeking the limelight.

“I invite everyone to come and join us in the picturesque botanic gardens and enjoy a lovely day out.”

The day will begin with a welcome to country and flag raising ceremony followed by the welcoming of new Australian citizens and the presentation of the Warrnambool Australia Day Awards.

There will be plenty of entertainment for the whole family with John Hudson and band, Angela Kenna and the Holiday Actors taking to the stage. 

There will also be a jumping castle, Zorb Balls and plenty of food on offer from local community groups.

The event is free to attend.

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