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A time for unity

Saturday, 25th January, 2020

Jarrod Wheatley Jarrod Wheatley

Locals will stand in solidarity with people from all across the country this weekend as the city celebrates Australia Day, says Broken Hill’s Mayor Darriea Turley AM.

“It’s been an incredibly difficult time for so many towns across the country with the recent bushfires, and Australia Day provides the perfect opportunity for the nation to stand as one,” she said in a statement.

The local Australia Day Ceremony will be held on the Civic Centre plaza on January 26, and will get underway from 7am with a barbecue breakfast by gold coin donation courtesy of the Lions Club.

Official proceedings will begin at 8am with a Welcome to Country, followed by the presentation of Australia Day awards and a Citizenship Ceremony to welcome three new Australians.

There will also be an address by social entrepreneur Jarrod Wheatley, who is serving as Broken Hill’s Australia Day Ambassador for 2020.

Mr Wheatley has run a Youth Centre, set up programs for refugees, and founded two innovative, not-for-profit organisations - Street Art Murals Australia (SAMA) and Professional Individualised Care (PIC).

The event will conclude with a free morning tea from 10.30am.

At Sunset Strip, from noon on Australia Day, a community function will be held, including a flag raising, recreation activities and a luncheon. All citizens are invited to participate. This event has been co-sponsored with the Central Darling Shire Council.


WHAT: Australia Day Ceremony

WHERE: Civic Centre Plaza

WHEN: 7am-11.30am, January 26

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