Long Weekend For Australia Day

19:08' 21-01-2019
Australia Day, 26 January, commemorating the arrival of the First Fleet in Sydney Harbour in 1788,is the biggest day of celebration in the country and is observed as a public holiday in all states and territories.

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    The new colony was first proclaimed the Colony of New South Wales. In the following years other parts of Australia were colonised, leading to the names of our present states and territories.On 1 January 1901, the colonies were federated as states of Australia, a nation of the British Commonwealth.

    The public holiday is celebrated by most councils, often including a Citizenship ceremony and a barbecue. Some councils, including Yarra, Moreland and Darebin, have chosen not to recognise the date, as it marks the beginning of oppression of the Indigenous people of Australia.  

    As the date falls on a Saturday this year, Monday 28 January will be a public holiday, giving Australians a long weekend to celebrate the day this year.

    Official celebrations usually begin with a flag raising ceremony and Welcome to Country by an Aboriginal elder, before a Citizenship ceremony.

    Following is a selection of some of the celebrations to be held on Saturday 26 January, as available at the time we go to print.

    For other Council areas, or if you wish to take part in the Citizenship Ceremony, please check your Council website.


    Kevin Wheelahan Gardens, 50 Devonshire Road, Sunshine.

    A free community barbecue breakfast begins at 8am. Official proceedings take place from 10am to 12noon. Last year 150 Brimbank residents took the pledge to become our newest Australian citizens.

    For more information phone 9249 4000 or email australiaday@brimbank.vic.gov.au.


    Dandenong Park, Pultney Street, Dandenong.

    Dandenong’s award winning Australia Day Festival is held in Dandenong Park from 3pm to 9.30pm. This free family friendly event will feature two stages with live entertainment, roving performers, a dedicated food court, community and market stalls, exciting rides ($2-$6), and free family activities.

    The day will end with a grand fireworks finale at 9.25pm.


    Monash Civic Centre, 293 Springvale Road, Glen Waverley.

    The celebrations will begin at 10am. After theinitial ceremonies, there will be a free community BBQ and entertainment at the Glen Waverley Library forecourt from 11am to 2pm.

    A full program will be published on the Monash Council website.


    Ringwood Lake, 172 Maroondah Highway, Ringwood

    The Maroondah celebration begins at 9.30am. Family activities include free rides on the trackless train, inflatables, face painting and stage performances, including a performance by musical trio Jetty Road. 

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