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    Ararat mayor Jo Armstrong.

Celebrations set for Ararat's Australia Day

Ararat Rural City Council has confirmed a program of activities and community events planned across the municipality for January 26.

Australia Day celebrations start at Alexandra Oval Community Centre in Ararat with a free Ararat Lions Club breakfast.

Official proceedings will start at 9.30am, including a performance by Ararat Rural City Band, award presentations, an address by Australia Day ambassador Doug Christie and a citizenship ceremony.

Ararat mayor Jo Armstrong said the national day had evolved, with a focus on bringing the community together, celebrating the municipality’s newest citizens and the achievements of residents.

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“Community is the backbone of our municipality; we have seen this time and time again through the many challenges we have experienced as a region – we’ve become stronger together,” she said.

“Australia Day is about bringing the community together to celebrate being an Australian citizen, embracing our diversity and celebrating our resilience.

“The ceremonies will start at 9am with activities planned to continue the celebrations into the afternoon at Alexandra Gardens, and the Ararat, Lake Bolac and Willaura outdoor pools.

“Council’s Australia Day citizenship ceremony and Australia Day Awards ceremony at Alexandra Oval Community Centre is one of the events I look forward to most as mayor.

“The awards celebrate and recognise the achievements and contributions of residents in the community, making our city a great place to live.”

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