Council promotes live stream to celebrate Australia Day

Published on 20 January 2022

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Federation Council residents are invited to attend this year’s Australia Day celebration via live stream.

Council’s Australia Day Celebration is to be held at Bangerang Park on Wednesday 26 January from 9am, and in an effort to reduce crowd numbers to best manage Covid risks, the celebration has been changed to invite only and will be live streamed to the broader community.

Federation Council Mayor, Cr Pat Bourke said Council has introduced new measures to support the Australia Day celebration in a bid to reduce crowd numbers and the risks of spreading Covid.

“This is a great annual event and I would like to commend Council staff for the way in which they continue to adapt to the challenges that Covid presents to ensure events such as this can still go ahead in a Covid safe manner,” he said.

“Residents other than those who have received invites, are now invited to view the formalities beginning at 9am via Council’s Youtube Channel. The link to this can be found on our website. Online programs will also be available for residents to follow on from home.”

Mayor Bourke said due to the high increase in Covid cases across NSW and Victoria, including in our region, this decision was made so we can minimize the risk of Covid transmission in the interests of the safety of the wider community.

“With the rise in Covid cases, Council deem it appropriate that these measures be brought into place to support the safe coordination of this event,” he said. 

“Those invited to the physical event include of course our many fabulous award nominees, and they have received communication on our updated measures and I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their understanding. There is a lot to celebrate with our community members, young people and students throughout local schools who have supported each other over the past year and I look forward with anticipation to hosting this year’s Australia Day Celebration.”

EVENT DETAILS

When: Wednesday 26 January 2022 from 9:00am.

Location: Bangerang Park Corowa.

Invite ONLY: Residents encouraged to view the celebration via Council’s Youtube Channel. 

Activities: Presentation of Federation Council’s 2022 Australia Day Awards, Official Ceremony including Welcome to the Country, National Anthem and Ambassador Address.

2022 Australia Day Ambassadors

Mr. Ralph Kelly and Ms. Kathy Kelly

Founders of the Thomas Kelly Youth Foundation

Ralph & Kathy Kelly’s eldest son, Thomas was 18 years old when he died in tragic circumstances in July 2012, in Sydney’s Kings Cross.

Determined not to let a similar fate happen twice, the Kelly family established the Thomas Kelly Youth Foundation implementing the “Take Kare Safe Space" (Take Kare is after Thomas Kelly’s initials) program in December 2014, with a vision of ensuring all of our youth come home safely”.

Operating Friday & Saturday nights 10pm – 4am with teams of volunteers across 3 key sites, assisting people who may be intoxicated, or drug affected, under age youth, people who are vulnerable or those subjected to physical and sexual assault, self-harm, violence and theft.

The Foundation works closely with emergency services, the liquor industry and local communities in order to share the common vision of saving lives. Since the service commenced with the first site at Sydney Town Hall in December 2014, they have recorded over 70,000 interventions across the three sites

In July 2016, the Kelly’s younger son, Stuart – also just 18 years old, took his own life after being targeted over the Sydney Lock-out laws and his stance around making Sydney a safe city, after losing his brother in an attack in 2012.

The Thomas Kelly Youth Foundation was re-branded to “Stay Kind” in July 2019.

Stay Kind is currently working with Federal and State politicians, education, parents and families. The Kelly’s vision it to take kindness to every corner of Australia.

AWARD NOMINATIONS FOR 2022

Federation Council Community Group of the Year

The Community Group of the Year Award recognises a group that has delivered their projects, events, and programs or supported to the community in adverse and innovative ways throughout 2021. The Nominations are as follows -

  • Country Women’s Association of New South Wales - Oaklands Branch
  • Corowa Events

Federation Council Local Achiever Award

The Local Achiever of the Year Award celebrates local heroes in each town and village who go beyond to make their own community a great place to live. The Nominations are as follows -

  • Helen Jobson
  • David Harrison
  • Kerrie Ormond
  • Cassandra Oats
  • Jan McKenna
  • Graeme Haynes
  • Fran Weidner
  • Jan Haynes
  • Rachel Chambers
  • Dean and Lauren Holgate

Federation Council Citizen of the Year

The Citizen of the Year Award applauds an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the well-being of the Federation Council community through their leadership and/or voluntary service. Contributions can be in the areas of social, environmental, business and/or arts and culture. The Nominations are as follows -

  • Helen Jobson
  • David Harrison
  • Kerrie Ormond
  • Cassandra Oats
  • Jan McKenna
  • Graeme Haynes
  • Fran Weidner
  • Jan Haynes
  • Rachel Chambers
  • Dean and Lauren Holgate

A free BBQ with soft drinks for purchase will be provided by Rotary of Club of Corowa, Corgi Coffee will be providing hot drinks on the day.

Congratulations to all those nominees, and we look forward to a great day on the 26th!  

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