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Change of format for Australia Day

23 Dec. 2020

We have reshaped our 2021 Australia Day celebrations with a scaled-down event to celebrate the winners of the Citizen of the Year Awards.

In response to Covid-19 we won't be hosting our free Australia Day community breakfast, but will go ahead with our annual Citizenship and Citizen of the Year ceremonies at Tanunda Show Hall.

Guests at the January 26 event will be restricted to immediate family and friends of the winners and new citizens to ensure physical distancing and food service requirements can be met.

Mayor Bim Lange said while it’s disappointing the community cannot to come together in the traditional Australia Day format, Council is committed to hosting an alternative event when it’s safe to do so.

“The good news is the savings from our scaled-down Australia Day event will be redirected towards a post-Covid recovery event to support and recognise the various volunteer and sporting groups within the community,” said Mayor Lange.

“Throughout this pandemic we have continued to show we are a resilient and adaptable community and this is yet another example.

“We look forward to a time when we can come together as a community once more to celebrate our people and traditions that are unique to the Barossa.”

Council will acknowledge the Citizen, Young Citizen, Community Event and Community Project of the Year in January 2021 through various online and print platforms.

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