Sunny Tocumwal for Australia Day

By Southern Riverina News

The Tocumwal foreshore is the place to be on Sunday, with everyone invited to come along and celebrate Australia Day.

For a gold coin donation, enjoy breakfast from 8 am, with light entertainment from Nathan Vaccaro and formalities to follow from 9 am.

This year includes a citizenship ceremony for four new Australian citizens as well as the presentations of the Berrigan Shire Australia Day Awards, including Citizen of the Year.

Cr Denis Glanville will again officiate the event with and Mayor Matt Hannan conducting the citizenship ceremony and presenting the 2020 Australia Day Awards.

A special 30-minute showcase of The Man from Snowy River is an exciting addition to this year’s event, which includes Australiana entertainment of horses, Australian yarns and whip cracking presented by Stuart ‘Spud’ Bryant of Mansfield.

Cr Hannan said the Berrigan Shire always shows its passion for Australia culture on January 26.

“Australia Day is an important day on our calendar that gives us the opportunity to celebrate our heritage and bring the community together,” he said

“This year we get to naturalise four new citizens into our shire which will be great to welcome them into our shire and feel grateful they have chosen Berrigan Shire as their home in Australia.

“Australia Day again is a day we get to celebrate our volunteers.

“Particularly in the midst of these tragic bushfires it is recognised that the volunteering spirit is live and strong as it’s ever been and that is the most important aspect.”

As part of the two-year rotation system for Australia Day awards in the Berrigan Shire, Tocumwal will host Australia Day this year, before the ceremony moves to Finley in 2021 and 2022.

The Australia Day festivities in Tocumwal will be on the wharf area next to the old boat ramp.

Attendees are reminded to arrive early to get a good parking spot.