Rotary District 9675 Governor Warwick Richardson said Australia Day is an opportunity to come together to reflect, respect and celebrate. It is a time 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, storms and the coronavirus pandemic”, said DG Warwick.
National Australia Day Council (NADC) Chief Executive Karlie Brand said the NADC has provided $8 million in grants to local government and community organisations to help make sure Australia Day events could go ahead in a COVID safe way.
“Australia Day 2021, is a day for us to respect and thank the first responders and frontline workers, who worked through the fire, flood and pandemic to protect life and property, to support their communities and to keep our nation going.” Ms Brand said.
“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.”
DG Warwick said Australia Day is also a day 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.
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