Marking Australia Day in the Central Goldfields Shire

Published on 22 January 2021


Residents are invited to join the many local Australia Day events on Tuesday 26 January in Talbot, Maryborough, Carisbrook, Dunolly, Bealiba and Daisy Hill. 

The Maryborough event will be hosted by Central Goldfields Shire Mayor Cr Chris Meddows-Taylor and will feature the announcement of the 2021 Central Goldfields Shire Australia Day Awards.

Individual Councillors will represent Council at each of the other Australia Day events.

Member for Ripon Louise Staley MP will give a guest address, the Central Goldfields District Girl Guides and 1st Maryborough Scout Group will raise the Australia flag and Nicole Fornal will sing the National Anthem.

A pre-wrapped breakfast will be served from 8.30am with the official proceedings to commence at 9am.

Central Goldfields Shire Mayor Cr Chris Meddows-Taylor said residents were encouraged to attend Australia Day events at townships across the Shire.

“After a challenging 2020 it will be wonderful to see our communities get together and reflect on what it means to be Australian.

“We acknowledge that January can be a difficult time for First Nations People when conversations often focus on our National Identity.

“Indigenous culture dates back more than 80,000 years and it has been a significant struggle over generations for recognition.

“Whilst Indigenous people have great pride in their heritage, Australia Day reminds them of past loss and so it’s important that we as a community be mindful and respectful of this when marking Australia Day.”

Across the Shire, local community groups and organisations will host Australia Day events at the following locations:

Talbot – 8am
Free breakfast at the Talbot RSL Park (across from the Town Hall). BYO plate, knife, fork, mug and chair. For further information contact Greg or Heather on 0427 090 172.

Maryborough – 8.30am
Station Domain. Free prewrapped snacks will be provided. Official Australia Day awards ceremonies will be held. Official proceedings begin at 9am.

Dunolly – 10am
Gordon Gardens - music and free sausage sizzle. Official address starting at 10.40am. BYO chairs. For further information contact Gayle 0409 724 253.

Carisbrook – 10.30am
Market Reserve – Sausage sizzle and commemorative presentations. For further information contact George on 0437 977 237.

Bealiba – 11am
Bealiba Town Hall – Flag raising followed by an address by a guest speaker. Local entertainment and a free barbecue lunch. For further information contact Pam on 5469 1310.

Daisy Hill – 11am
Daisy Hill Community Centre. Free barbecue lunch for attendees. Guest speaker. For further information contact Laurie on 5461 3439.