Thursday, January 19th, 2012
AUSTRALIA Day is more than just a public holiday – it’s a day of celebration, as Aussies old and new celebrate what’s great about the land Down Under and reflect on what it means to be Australian.

Radio station 6MM gets things under way on January 26, broadcasting live from 6am to 9am, with the Lions Club Great Aussie Breakfast kicking off from 7am on Mandurah’s eastern foreshore.

For $4, people can enjoy a bonza brekkie of toad-in-the-hole (egg and toast), bacon, sausage, fruit juice and tea and coffee.

Mandurah Mayor Paddi Creevey and Mandurah MLA David Templeman start the official proceedings at 8.25am with a welcome to country from the Winjan Aboriginal Corporation, the national anthem by Emily Lambert and Mandurah Concert Band and a flag-raising ceremony by the 1st Mandurah Scout Group.

2010 WA Australian of the Year Professor Ralph Martins – a world leader in Alzheimer’s research – will give the Australia Day address, followed by a citizenship ceremony where 72 new Australian citizens will be welcomed as they pledge their allegiance to the nation.

The 2012 Premier’s Australia Day Active Citizenship Awards will also be announced by Mayor Creevey in the under-25, over-25 and community group or event categories.

At 9.30am, the traditional Australia Day flotilla will leave Comet Bay, travelling through the estuary and Port Mandurah canals into Mandjar Bay, with the Mandurah Offshore Fishing and Sailing Club giving prizes for the best dressed boats under and over 7.5m at midday.

A special cake-cutting will take place at 10am with the oldest and youngest members of the audience.

From 11am to 3pm, 97.3 Coast FM broadcasts live from the rotunda, incorporating live entertainment and a sand sculpture competition.

In the afternoon, eight contestants from last year’s Festival of New Talent will be on hand to provide entertainment with a variety of song and dance.

All activities are part of the overall no-alcohol, no-smoking Australia Day event.

Mayor Creevey said Australia Day showed how people from many countries, backgrounds and walks of life can live together to form a nation of difference and unity.

“Through our diverse beliefs and experiences we learn from each other and grow and the City of Mandurah is a wonderful example of how this multiculturalism has been embraced to benefit the community as a whole,” she said.

“January 26 is a day to reflect on what we have achieved and what we can be proud of in this wide brown land… it’s also a time for us to re-commit to making Australia an even better place for the future.

“Australians are a great people who are proud of their country and its traditions, believing in a fair go for all, mateship and pulling together in hard times – and always giving things a go.

“Australia Day celebrates these values and ideas and demonstrates our national pride with events right across the country, whether they are massive festivals, citizenship ceremonies or just the great Aussie barbecue.”

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aus1: Mandurah local Macey Shales at last year’s Australia Day celebrations.

aus-talent: Festival of New Talent competitors will provide entertainment in the afternoon.

aus3: Rising to the occasion... a special cake-cutting ceremony is one of many Australia day activities.

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City of Mandurah

Mandurah is one of the most vibrant regional cities in Western Australia. Once a small fishing village that boomed during holiday periods, it now has a thriving population of nearly 67,000. Covering an area of 173.5sqm, Mandurah follows the coast from its northern extremity at Madora to the Ramsar-listed wetland Lake Clifton and Yalgorup National Park 50km to the south.

Always a popular day-trip destination, and more so since the Mandurah train service began in late 2007, the City is also a gateway to the State’s South West Region. Situated on Western Australia’s beautiful coastline about 72km south of Perth, Mandurah prides itself on a mix of inner city and semi-rural living between the Indian Ocean, the expansive waterways of the Peel-Harvey Estuary and the lower reaches of the Serpentine River.

Mandurah has retained its relaxed, holiday atmosphere despite recent rapid growth as a major ‘sea change’ destination in Australia. People come on holiday and then want to stay, which has resulted in Mandurah expanding to offer an exciting mix of residential developments, from family homes and modern apartments within new estates to luxurious homes nestled along numerous canal waterways.

This ‘sea change’ phenomenon has forever changed Mandurah as the city continues to flourish with quality restaurants, shopping centres, and quaint retail outlets emerging from its streetscapes. Creative sustainable planning enables Mandurah to evolve while retaining its close relationship with its magnificent waterways, and ensuring its people have good access to quality health and community services, a range of education and employment opportunities, and fantastic recreational and lifestyle choices.

One of Mandurah’s greatest assets is its diverse and friendly community. Voted twice as WA’s Top Tourism Town, Mandurah welcomes friends and family from around the globe to enjoy its relaxed coastal lifestyle. In fact, the name Mandurah is derived from the Aboriginal word, ‘mandjar’ meaning ‘meeting place’.

Locals and visitors alike swarm to Mandurah for a multitude of annual and special events, such as Crab Fest in mid-March and the Mandurah Boat Show in mid-October. As predicted, the train which travels from the northern suburbs of Perth and underground through Perth city centre to Mandurah has seen an increase in visitor numbers to festivals and events. Mandurah’s rich arts and festival culture also celebrates other spring and summer celebrations, including the annual Little Nippers Maawit Kara Children’s Festival and the Seniors Expo in October and the Stretch Arts and Community Festival in May.

Tourism is a major generator of business opportunities and employment in Mandurah, with proactive education initiatives that have boosted investment opportunities and employment in the hospitality and services industries. Planning is also underway to develop additional economic opportunities to keep pace with the City’s rapid growth as Mandurah’s population could nearly double in size by 2021.

This challenge includes short and long-term planning for a major revitalisation of Mandurah’s city centre and foreshore precincts, better transport linkages to the City’s foreshore, a range of up-market and budget holiday accommodation, and greater tertiary education opportunities at local campuses. Other equally important priorities include the preservation of bushland, waterways, and ‘sense of place’ for Mandurah’s present and future generations.
Chris Thomas
P: (08) 9550 3727


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