Your guide to 2022 Australia Day Celebrations in the Capes

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Breanna RedheadBusselton Dunsborough Times
Volunteers from Manner and Mercy at St George's church receiving a community volunteering award.
Camera IconVolunteers from Manner and Mercy at St George's church receiving a community volunteering award. Credit: supplied

With Australia Day right around the corner, the Busselton Lions Club and Dunsborough Progress Association have lined up a string of community events to get your celebrations sorted.

Busselton celebrations will begin early on the foreshore at 7am with music from the Busselton Brass Band.

The official Australia citizenship ceremony will begin at 8am in the amphitheatre and run through to 9:30, featuring 2022 citizenship recipients and community citizen of the year nominations as well as addresses from City of Busselton Mayor Grant Henley and Member for Vasse Libby Mettam.

Following the formalities, breakfast will be available at $5 a person, which includes a full Aussie breakfast and drink. The service will be available until 12pm.

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Performances will continue on the main stage until midday, with various activities to be set up on the grassed area for kids including face painting and bouncy castles and a merry-go-round.

Celebrations in Dunsborough won’t start until 9:30am with a ceremony taking place on the foreshore.

Festivities are to include a flag-raising and the singing of the national anthem by Cornelius DeMunk.

Djiljit Mia co-ordinator Trish Flower will then speak and acknowledge the work of community volunteers throughout the past year.

DPA chair Jacquie Happ said she is looking forward to celebrating with the local community.

“This is always a beautiful morning celebration that is very short and sweet. The best part is the announcement of the Naturaliste Gratitude Award winners, which we try to keep a bit of a secret. They are always rather surprised at receiving it but very delighted to be recognised for the generous spirit,” she said.

“We also love welcoming new citizens to our community — seeing the smiles on their faces is really lovely.”

People are encouraged to attend either event, and are reminded to bring a chair and wear hats and sunscreen.

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