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Preparations are underway for the annual Mitchell Shire Community Awards and Citizenship Ceremony on Australia Day on January 26.

Wallan Neighbourhood House, at 42 Bentinck Street, Wallan, will host the 2024 celebrations.

The day will begin at 9.30am with a Welcome to Country and flag raising by Wallan Scouts.

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Mitchell Shire Council’s Community Awards will begin at 10am with seven categories awarded and special commendations presented, including Citizen of the Year; Young Citizen of the Year; Community Event of the Year; Community Group of the Year; Access and Inclusion Champion; Sports Person of the Year; and Arts and/or Culture Person of the Year.

The citizenship ceremony after the awards will feature people who have chosen to officially become Australians.

The day will end with a sausage sizzle lunch and performance by local band Tangent.

Mitchell Shire Mayor Louise Bannister said the community awards were a chance to express gratitude to those who worked diligently for the betterment of the community.

“It’s a chance to give a heartfelt thank you to these tireless volunteers who make our community thrive,” she said.

“It’s also a chance to witness the excitement that comes with welcoming new Australian citizens.

“Officiating the citizenship ceremony is an honour that allows us to acknowledge the choices and achievements of those becoming new citizens.”

Towns across Mitchell Shire will also host their own Australia Day events. Visit www.mitchellshire.vic.gov.au/events for more details.

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