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Australia Day expressions of interest sought
The 2012 Australia Day Young Citizen of the Year Jamie Lea is urging residents be a part of shaping Shepparton’s Australia Day celebrations.
Greater Shepparton City Council is calling for expressions of interest from Shepparton residents who would like to be a member of the new Shepparton Australia Day Committee.
The participation of a wide range of people could make the celebrations bigger and better than ever, according to Ms Lea.
"What I love about Australia Day is everyone coming together for the same reason, to celebrate where we live and how lucky we really are. If everyone did that once a year, we'd be so much more appreciative of what we've got," she said.
"I really encourage everyone to get involved. It's a real honour to be a part of it, to be in the same space as people who have so much to give and who care so much about their community."
As well as helping to organise the Australia Day event, members of the committee receive nominations and make recommendations for the Australia Day awards.
Mayor of Greater Shepparton Councillor Michael Polan says that being involved in the committee is a great opportunity to help celebrate what's great about being Australian, and about living in Shepparton.
"Australia Day is an increasingly popular and culturally significant day for Australians," Cr Polan said. "It's even more meaningful when members of the community are helping to shape the event to reflect what they want to celebrate the most."
"The Australia Day Committee plays an integral part of helping our community to celebrate its diversity and vibrancy," Cr Polan said. "Over the years the way we have celebrated has changed to match the changes in the way we see ourselves. We now experience a Welcome to Country ceremony performed by Aboriginal members of the community, and the food we share has taken on a more multicultural flavour. I'm really excited to see how this celebration will grow and change into the future."
"If you don't live in Shepparton, many of the other communities in the municipality have their own Australia Day committees with lively celebrations of their own, and they would be delighted to hear from you, too." Cr Polan said.
Expressions of interest close 20 July for community members wishing to join committee. They can be sent to Australia Day Committee, Locked Bag 1000, Shepparton, 3632.
- Released 5 July 2012