2015 Lismore Australian Day Celebration (l-r) Peter Osborn, Luz B. Press, Lilibeth Vanz and Frank Vanz.
by Luz Besanes Press
Australia is a beautiful country with beautiful people living in it. As an Australian, we are proud of who we are, of what we have achieved and contributed to this wonderful land of ours. It is our home.
26 January - a big celebration went on around all States and Territories. It is Australia Day - a national day celebrated in the whole continent. The celebration goes annually. It marks the anniversary of the 1788 arrival of the First Fleet of British Ships at Port Jackson, New South Wales and the raising of the flag of Great Britain at that site by Governor Arthur Philipp. The day commemorates the establishment of the first European settlement at Port Jackson now part of Sydney.
Australia Day is an opportunity for all Australians to come together and celebrate our culture as Australians. The celebration is about our coming together as a nation, and to enjoy and reflect on what we have achieved. There are lots of events happening around - be it in the city, in the coast or in the regional area.
It was in 26 January 1994 that Australia Day has been declared a public holiday in all States and Territories.
In Lismore, we celebrated Australia Day in the Goonellabah and Aquatic Sports Centre. It was full packed with people who in their hearts loved being a part of what we are as Australians. The Australian Ambassador for the Day was Mr Clyde Campbell, the grandson of the former Mayor of Lismore (Clyde Campbell - Mayor in 1956-1966). He was the first Mayor to travel to Japan to extend the hand of friendship to the Japanese people. Mr Campbell, being the Australian Ambassador for the Day had established the “Shake ItUp Australia Foundation”, an organisation that partners with Michael J Fox Foundation who is responsible for the research about the Parkinson’s disease. It creates awareness in Australia about Parkinson’s disease and raise funds towards finding its cure.
There was presentation of Awards to recognise and celebrate the significant contributions to community life in the Lismore Local Government Area. The Awards provide an opportunity to thank the citizens for their services/ achievements to the community to their chosen fields.
Congratulations to the Winners of the 2015 Australia Day Awards:
Lismore Citizen of the Year
- Dr. Austin Curtin
Young Citizen of the Year
- Jacob Botha
Aboriginal Citizen of the Year - Rev. Dorothy Harris- Gordon
Services in Community (Individual) - Margaret Lord
Services in Community (Group) - U3A Northern Rivers (Lismore) Inc.
Sportsperson (Senior) - Paul Leadbetter
Sportsperson(Junior) - Samantha McKenna
Sports Team - Lismore Storm
U18 Women’s Basketball
Sustainable Environment - Lorraine Vass
Art/Cultural - Karen Traise and Ian Bowles
Everybody had a lovely time. And of course, thanks to the LIsmore City Council - Our very own lovely Mayor Jenny Dowell, Councillors and the Staff that made it all possible. The generousity they gave with the provision of the morning tea to more than a thousand Australians and visitors who attended the celebration is very much appreciated. And also to the community who supported by being there. Thank you so much.
“Happy Australia Day” everyone. See you next year!
2015 Lismore Australian Day Celebration.