Residents are being encouraged to celebrate Australia Day virtually this year with Central Highlands Regional Council’s award ceremonies to be live-streamed on 26 January 2022.
‘Within a supportive community like the Central Highlands, Australia Day always holds a special place in our annual events calendar,’ said Mayor Kerry Hayes.
‘However, due to the continuing impacts of COVID-19 and with the safety of the community as our primary concern, council’s in-person Australia Day celebrations have unfortunately been cancelled.
‘While this year’s celebrations will be different to previous years, we are pleased to still be able to come together as a community virtually to celebrate our local heroes,’ he said.
Council staff have reimagined the event to ensure everyone still has the opportunity to celebrate the region’s Australia Day award nominees and recipients.
Online award ceremonies will occur for all four of the region’s Australia Day events, including the presentation of Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year, Cultural Award, Sportsperson/Administrator of the Year, Junior Sportsperson of the Year and Community Event of the Year awards.
Judging for the awards will commence next week with the preparations for the virtual ceremonies in full swing.