Scaled back Australia Day celebrations for shire

Wollondilly Australia Day celebrations in 2018. Picture: Ashleigh Tullis
Wollondilly Australia Day celebrations in 2018. Picture: Ashleigh Tullis

Wollondilly's Australia Day celebrations will still go ahead at Picton Botanic Gardens this year, but in a much smaller format.

Given the current impact COVID-19 is having in the community, Wollondilly Council has made the decision to cancel all rides and market and information stalls at the event.

A strictly ticketed civic ceremony - for the welcoming of new citizens and the presentation of this year's Australia Day award winners - will be held in the morning. Broadcaster John Stanley is this year's ambassador.

The Australia Day event will run 8.30am-noon and include a performance from the Highland Pipes and Drums.

Locals will also be able to grab a free cuppa and lamington to celebrate our national day, while those who don their best Australia Day outfits will have a chance to win one of three local shop vouchers.

The civic ceremony will be livestreamed on the council's Facebook page.

"Although our Australia Day event will be smaller than originally planned, I'm glad that we will still be able to welcome our new citizens and acknowledge the achievements of our community during the awards ceremony," mayor Matt Gould said.

"Wollondilly is a wonderful place to live and our Australia Day celebrations are an amazing opportunity to recognise the special people that call it home and give so much to our community."

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