Celebrations commemorating British settlement of Australia on 26 January 1788 were held throughout Monash on Saturday 26 January.
I joined local residents to commence Waverley’s celebrations with a flag raising ceremony undertaken by local Victoria Police, hosted by Monash City Council. Local resident and Australia Day Ambassador Rachael Robertson delivered an address outlining her experiences leading an Antarctic expedition over the last twelve months whilst Glen Waverley Bendigo Bank hosted an Australian BBQ breakfast. Special thanks also to the Oakleigh City Band for their musical contribution throughout the morning.
Australia Day also provided the opportunity for me to welcome a total of 420 Monash residents from 42 countries who took the final step in becoming Australian citizens by pledging their allegiance to Australia and its laws at a citizenship ceremony at Monash University.
Five Monash residents received Australia Day Honours and I congratulate each one of them for their contribution to our community.
The tradition of the Australia Day Dinner, to commemorate the foundation of Australia, hosted by the Australia Day Council Victoria (Inc) continued for its 66th year and was a great success.
Annual Australia Day church services were also held on the Sunday closest to Australia Day followed by wreath laying in the Sanctuary at the Shrine of Remembrance.
Commemorating Australia Day, and everything that British settlement bought to Australia, is of incredible significance for our Country and State. It was great to see so many again commemorate this day in many different ways.