The Melbourne Observer presents a four-minute TV report on Australia Day in the Victorian bush.
Australia Day celebrations were held by community volunteers across the region at locations including Yea, Alexandra, Eildon, Marysville, Kinglake, Flowerdale, Strath Creek and Flowerdale.
Matthew Noonan was named as Murrindindi Shire’s Citizen of the Year at Yea.
Norma Hodson of Kanumbra was named as Senior Citizen of the Year, at the Alexandra Ceremony.
Australia Day breakfasts were served by community volunteers across the region.
At Yea and Marysville, Australia Day Ambassadior Debra Bateman had an inspiring message
At the Yea celebrations, there was entertainment by Julian Laucius.
The Shire was represented by Cr Bec Bowles, Cr Eric Lording and CEO Craig Lloyd.
Rotary members, led by President Ken Maxfield and David Anderson, were in charge of catering.
At Alexandra, Mayor Cr Sandice McAulay, flanked by Community Engagement Director Shivaun Brown and Cr Margaret Rae, conducted a citizenship ceremony …
for Diana Thomas, pictured with Pat Jane at left.
Amongst the local identities present were:
Sharon Fox with Deputy Leader of the Opposition, Cindy McLeish
Noel McIlwraith and Maurie Pawsey
with catering handled by the members of the Lions Club of Alexandra.
At Marysville, there were good crowds for the Australia Day parade where Tamara Wilson was named as Junior Citzien of the Year.
Local identities at Marysville included:
Naomi McNamara and Cr Sandice McAulay
Dr Debra Bateman with Marysville Lions member Glenn McFadzean
Anne Jessop and Bev Fraser
Norman Fisk and Brian Sillott
At Flowerdale, there was great community spirit
(Insert of Flowerdale singer: Sally Colaiacovo)
Sandie Dodd entertained the gathering
As did John Lee and Terry Redding
Flowerdale CFA volunteers Gabby Denke, Rhonda Makin and Debbie Makin
and the Flowerdale Men’s Shed group enjoyed the fun.