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Australia Day celebrations across Mitchell Shire

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Australia Day will be celebrated across Mitchell Shire with a range of food, entertainment and activities on Wednesday.

Mitchell Shire Council will host its community awards and citizenship ceremony in Broadford.

The awards and citizenship presentation will be during the Broadford Australia Day Festival at Island Reserve, High Street, Broadford.

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Five awards will be presented at the ceremony, including Mitchell Shire’s Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year, Access and Inclusion Champion, Community Group of the Year, and Online or Community Event of the Year.

The event is organised by several groups including Rotary Club of Southern Mitchell, Broadford Historical Society, Broadford Lions Club, Landcare and others, with backing from Bendigo Bank.

The day will begin with a barbecue breakfast at 7am, followed a flag raising at 10am, with the citizenship ceremony and community awards to be presented starting at 11am.

Live music, market stalls, community displays, a food court and bar, face painting, pony rides and a jumping castle will also feature.

Wandong will also host an event at LB Davern Reserve, with a free hot breakfast from 8am followed by a flag raising at 9am and then award presentations.

The event is free and open to all community members.

Seymour’s festivities will be at Kings Park starting at 8am with a breakfast that runs until 10am, with Seymour Rotary Club providing a barbecue lunch from 10am to 1pm.

At 10.30am there will be a flag raising and national anthem ceremony, and at 11am a range of awards including business excellence, Seymour police and citizens awards will be presented.

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