Communities around Australia are once again preparing to come together for Australia Day, a day where we come together as a nation to celebrate what’s great about Australia and being Australian.

Events will be hosted in Nhill, Dimboola, Jeparit and Rainbow on Australia Day with a flag-raising ceremony to take place in each town, along with addresses from the Mayor and different community members.

Awards for Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year, and Community Event of the year will also be presented on the day.

The Australia Day Ambassador program will be different this year due to the regular changes in guidelines and restrictions of COVID-19. Instead of having an Ambassador travel to attend local Australia Day events in person as they have in recent years, Australia Day Victoria has arranged a series of presentation videos that will be shared on our Facebook page and Council website on Australia Day.

On Tuesday 26 January the formal Australia Day program begins with meet and greets, with a breakfast BBQ in Rainbow from 7:30 am, followed by another breakfast BBQ in Jeparit from 9:00 am, a morning tea from 10:30 am in Dimboola, and finally a lunchtime BBQ from midday in Nhill.

These events will be hosted in each town by local organisations including the Lions Club of Rainbow, Jeparit Town Committee, Dimboola CWA and Dimboola Town Committee, and the Nhill Lions Club the National Australia Day Council for their assistance.

The Hindmarsh Shire Council Chief Executive Officer Greg Wood expressed appreciation for these community groups’ ongoing efforts to celebrate the history, identity, and future opportunities for all Australians.