Civic events wrap up for 2017/18

Published on 04 December 2018

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Australia Day celebrations were held on Friday 26 January 2018 at the Burnie Arts & Function Centre. The Australia Day ceremony was attended by over 200 people with Professor Tim McCormack the featured guest speaker.

As part of the ceremony, Mayor Alvwyn Boyd formally announced two conferees as new Australian citizens. Citizen of the Year was awarded to Trevor Snooks. Young Citizen of the Year was awarded to Oscar Varney. Community Event of the Year was awarded to Paddle for MND (undertaken by Craig Machen). The performance Facing North, held during the Ten Days on the Island, was also recognised as an Outstanding Event.

Citizenship ceremonies are hosted regularly by Council on behalf of the Department of Home Affairs. The Mayor conducts the ceremonies at which new citizens take their citizenship pledge in front of families and friends. Throughout 2017-18, Council conducted five ceremonies with a total of eight new citizens.

Council works closely with the RSL Burnie Sub-Branch to conduct the ANZAC Day services held on 25 April each year. Over recent years, these services have grown in number as the community’s awareness and appreciation of the sacrifices made continues to build. The dawn service and 11am service are conducted at the Burnie Park cenotaph.

A large number of community groups,schools, organisations, and elected members come together to lay wreaths in a moving service that ensures our community honours the memory of those who fought and served in all conflicts.

Remembrance Day is another meaningful day in the calendar, with a service conducted at 10.40am on 11 November each year, culminating in the 11am two minutes of silence. Once again wreaths are laid at the cenotaph in memory of the fallen.