Exemplary Mount Isa residents will be celebrated and thanked for their achievements and excellent work in the community at the 2021 Mount Isa Australia Day Awards presentation, which will also include a citizenship ceremony.
The event will be held at the Buchanan Park Entertainment Centre from 8.30am on Tuesday, January 26 and will be invitation-only, to ensure social-distancing requirements are adhered to.
Mayor Danielle Slade said Australia Day 2021 will provide an important opportunity for the community to reflect on the challenges of the past year, respect the sacrifices and contributions of those who responded in a time of need, and celebrate being together and being Australian.
"In the past year Australia has faced immense challenges - drought, bushfire, floods and the coronavirus pandemic," Cr Slade said.
"This Australia Day let's all take a moment to reflect on the importance of community, how far we've come, and the people whose often unseen yet highly appreciated work in the community helps to make Mount Isa such a great place to live.
"It's also a time for us to respect and thank the first responders and frontline workers who worked through fire, flood and pandemic to protect life and property, to support their communities and to keep our nation going.
"We reflect on the resilience of communities and the spirit of helping, giving, and supporting that defines us as Australians.
"And we celebrate our nation's place in the world - a proud multicultural nation built on shared values that allow us to enjoy the freedoms and opportunities that other nations aspire to."
Cr Slade said Australia Day is also a time to reflect on our nation's past - a history which began more than 65,000 years ago with the First Australians - the world's oldest living culture.
"It is also a day on which we respect and share the stories, histories and contributions of everyday Australians, because we're all part of the story of Australia," she said.
To learn more, visit www.australiaday.org.au or www.mountisa.qld.gov.au/event-information-and-forms
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