Upcoming Events on January 26 in Geelong – Geelong Times

Upcoming Events on January 26 in Geelong – Geelong Times
Upcoming Events on January 26 in Geelong – Geelong Times

City of Greater Geelong to Continue Not Officially Celebrating Australia Day on January 26

The City of Greater Geelong has announced that it will continue its decision to not officially celebrate Australia Day on January 26. However, there will be other events held on the day to commemorate the occasion. One such event is the Free Children’s Fun Day, which will take place at Rippleside Park. Although not organized by the city, this event promises to be a day filled with food, drinks, free rides, and entertainment for children. They can explore the Interactive Scouts Compound and engage in activities related to emergency services. The event will also include a flag raising ceremony, the national anthem, and a performance by the Geelong Scottish Dancers.

Free Family Fun Day at Rippleside Park

The Free Family Fun Day will be held at Rippleside Park, located at 42 Bell Parade, Rippleside. The event will take place from 11am to 4pm and offers a range of activities for families to enjoy. For more information about this event, visit geelongaustralia.com.au/events.

Australia Day Celebrations in Lara

In Lara, the Lara Lions Club is organizing a free breakfast and entertainment event to celebrate Australia Day. No bookings are required for this community event, and everyone is welcome to attend. The event will be held at Lara Sporting Club, located at 4 Mill Road, Lara, from 8am to 11am. For more information, contact Tom Gilfillan at 0418 519 904.

Australia Day Barbecue by the Geelong Branch of the Libertarian Party

The Geelong Branch of the Libertarian Party will be hosting an Australia Day barbecue at the Eastern Park barbecue area starting from 12.30pm. Barbecue fare will be provided, but attendees are requested to bring their own drinks. Members, family, and friends are all welcome to join in the celebration. RSVP by calling 0475 140 116 or emailing [email protected].

Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative’s Dawn Service

In North Geelong, the Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative will be hosting a dawn service to commemorate a Day of Mourning. The event will take place at the co-operative’s main site at 62 Morgan Street. The Facebook event page of the co-operative states that while January 26 is a day of mourning, it is also a day to celebrate the survival of ongoing traditions and cultures, as well as the strength and resilience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The event will begin with a reflection space exclusively for the mob from 5.30am to 6.30am, followed by speakers and participation from allies and other community members from 6.30am to 7.30am. Breakfast in the form of bacon and egg rolls, as well as coffee/tea, will be provided. No RSVP is required, but attendees are reminded to park responsibly and not block access for surrounding residences and businesses. For more information about this event, visit facebook.com/wathaurong.

Author’s Quote: Celebrating Australia Day with Joy and Unity

“Australia Day is a time to come together as a community and celebrate the diverse cultures and traditions that make our nation unique. While we respect the City of Greater Geelong’s decision to not officially celebrate on January 26, it is heartening to see the range of events organized by various groups to mark this special day. Let us embrace the spirit of fun and unity as we commemorate Australia Day.”

Author’s Conclusion: Embracing the Spirit of Australia Day

As Australia Day approaches, it is important for us to remember the significance of this day and the values it represents. Whether we choose to celebrate through community events, family gatherings, or personal reflections, let us come together with a sense of joy, respect, and appreciation for our diverse nation. Happy Australia Day!

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