Mayor Bob Kirk says he has no intention of watering down Australia Day celebrations in Goulburn.
His comment followed two Victorian Councils’ decision not to hold citizenship ceremonies on the day.
Yarra Council will no longer refer to the commemoration as Australia Day, instead preferring an indigenous themed event. Darabin Council also voted to do hold an “inclusive and culturally appropriate event” on another day of the year and rename the annual awards.
Cr Kirk said he would continue to support Australia Day in Goulburn Mulwaree.
“Australia Day celebrations in Goulburn Mulwaree have always been an inclusive, community orientated event that celebrates our culture. The highlight of the day each year is the Citizenship Ceremony in which we welcome a number of new community members as Australian citizens – highlighting the multicultural strength of our country,” he said.
“I do not believe it is up to a Council to make a decision on the importance or appropriateness of Australia Day. Goulburn Mulwaree is an inclusive community that is respectful of all cultures, including our Indigenous history. As far as I am concerned we will continue to celebrate Australia Day; one of my favourite events on our calendar.”
This year’s celebrations will be held at Seiffert Oval in the magnificent Victoria Park. Preparations are already underway for entertainment and a number of activities on the day, as well as the usual market stalls and food stands.