Perfect day to celebrate those who give their time

Busselton Dunsborough Times
Taylah Halloran, Jacquie Happ, Peter Campbell and Dunsborough Progress Association volunteer Llewyn Green gear up for Sunday's Australia Day celebrations.Picture: Therese Sayers
Camera IconTaylah Halloran, Jacquie Happ, Peter Campbell and Dunsborough Progress Association volunteer Llewyn Green gear up for Sunday's Australia Day celebrations.Picture: Therese Sayers Credit: Picture Therese Sayers.

Community service and citizenship will be celebrated in the Capes this Australia Day.

Here are the details of the official events:

BUSSELTON

Australia Day in Busselton will be marked with an Aussie breakfast cook-up, a citizenship ceremony and community awards.

The City of Busselton will welcome 35 new citizens of 16 different nationalities on Sunday.

Residents from New Zealand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Taiwan, South Africa, India, the UK, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Ireland, Mozambique, Austria, Nepal, Kenya, Canada and Zimbabwe will be naturalised at the ceremony hosted by the Busselton Geographe Bay Rotary Club.

The ceremony will also include the Australia Day Citizen of the Year Awards.

Busselton’s Ukulele Strummers will provide entertainment and local Rotarians will cook breakfast on the barbecue from 8.15am.

Breakfast is $5 for adults and a gold coin donation for children under 14.

The ceremony begins at 7am at the foreshore amphitheatre.

DUNSBOROUGH

The annual Naturaliste Gratitude Awards will be presented to local heroes as part of Dunsborough’s Australia Day ceremony.

An initiative of the Dunsborough Progress Association, the awards recognise quiet achievers and volunteers who contribute positively to the community.

Last year’s winner, local bushfire volunteer Peter Campbell, will be a guest speaker at the ceremony on the Dunsborough foreshore on Sunday.

Ceremony co-ordinator and Dunsborough Progress Association president Jacquie Happ said it was timely to have Mr Campbell speak, with Australia’s volunteer effort highlighted in this summer’s bushfires. “Volunteers such as Peter work diligently throughout the year for their community, usually without fanfare or public attention,” she said.

“In Dunsborough, we honour them with our Naturaliste Gratitude Awards.

“Our young people will also feature in our ceremony with the flag raising by Naturaliste Scouts and the anthem sung by Our Lady of the Cape Primary School student Taylah Halloran.”

The Dunsborough Australia Day ceremony is open to the public, and will begin at 9am on the foreshore near the end of Dunn Bay Road.

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