Australia Day 2021: A Day to Reflect, Respect and Celebrate
Monday, 18 January, 2021 - 11:00
On January 26, Council will invite members of the Mansfield community to come together to reflect, respect and celebrate – because we’re all part of the story.
Mayor, Mark Holcombe said Australia Day 2021 will provide an important opportunity for Mansfield to reflect on the challenges of the past year, respect the sacrifices and contributions of those who responded in a time of need and celebrate being together and being Australian.
“In the past year Australia has faced immense challenges – drought, bushfire, floods and the coronavirus pandemic, Mayor Holcombe said.
“But our shire is a very resilient one. As a community we have met these challenges and by working together, will continue to grow and prosper in the coming years. Australia Day provides us with an opportunity to come together to celebrate what we have been able to achieve over the past 12 months.
“Australia Day 2021 is also a day for us to respect and thank the first responders and frontline workers who worked through fire, flood and pandemic to protect life and property, to support their communities and to keep our nation going.
“We reflect on the resilience of communities and the spirit of helping, giving and supporting that defines us as Australians.
“And we celebrate our nation’s place in the world – a proud multicultural nation built on shared values that allow us to enjoy the freedoms and opportunities that other nations aspire to.”
Mayor Holcombe said Australia Day is also a day to reflect on our nation’s past – a history which began more than 65,000 years ago with the First Australians – the world’s oldest living culture.
“It is also a day on which we respect and share the stories, histories and contributions of everyday Australians, because we’re all part of the story of Australia.”
Australia Day celebrations in Mansfield commence on Monday 25 January 2021 with an outdoor movie night to be held at the Mansfield Recreation Reserve to help raise funds for the CFA. Entertainment is provided by Mansfield’s very own Paul Riley and band, and a BBQ, popcorn and refreshments will be available thanks to the Mansfield Football Netball Club.
The Movie Night will be ticketed via Buy from Mansfield, with all ticketing proceeds going to CFA. Tickets are $2 per person or $5 per family.
On Australia Day, 26 January, celebrations will be held at the Botanic Park commencing at 8.30 am with a free BBQ breakfast followed by the official ceremony at 9am which includes a speech by Mayor, Mark Holcombe, a Citizenship Ceremony, Affirmation, Flag Raising Ceremony and announcement of our Australia Day Citizen Award winners. Free entertainment will be provided by the MAD Orchestra.
Following the formalities, there will be a free community family friendly event with entertainment, live music and food and beverage from local producers. To ensure adherence to COVID restrictions, bookings are essential and can be made at http://mshire.co/AusDay2021
These events are funded by Council, the Victorian Government’s Community Recovery and Resilience Grant, and the National Australia Day Council Australia Day Fund.