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GALLERY: Broadford shines on Australia Day

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Jordyn Grubisic
Jordyn Grubisic
Jordyn Grubisic is a senior journalist for the North Central Review primarily covering politics at all levels and sport with a particular interest in basketball. Since 2019 she has worked for several publications across Victoria including most recently at the Alexandra Standard and Yea Chronicle. She is always keen to hear from local community members about issues they face and has an interest in crime and court reporting.

The Broadford Australia Day Festival had something for everyone with a barbecue breakfast, live music, a petting zoo, classic cars, and a historical display.

Broadford Lions Club, Broadford Fire Brigade and other food trucks kept attendees from going hungry, while Den-Yt played live music.

A competitive tug-o-war challenge ran alongside community displays while some cuddled goats, rabbits, Guinea pigs and alpacas at the petting zoo and others held a crocodile and snake at the reptile display.

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A classic car display was also set up behind the Island Reserve at Broadford Bowls club.

The Broadford and District Historical Society was open with its annual display, this year titled ‘What Broadford’s Lost’.

Society member Margrette Inness – who also received commendation at the Mitchell Shire Council community awards – said the display included places and events no longer existing like the Broadford Tannery, Wool Scours, Stray’s Blacksmith, and the March Hare Fair.

“It’s brilliant. Everybody’s commenting on it,” she said.

“In the Courier, we’ve got the press that’s working, which is amazing and the old Broadford police cell has a new display with lots of pictures.”

Member Rod Mackenzie said it was a terrific day.

“All our regular volunteers have put a lot of time in getting the different buildings ready and getting the displays ready. Russell’s got the platinum press working again for probably the first time in 50 years, which is terrific,” he said.

“It’s been a lovely collection from people around the community displaying things that have been lost from Broadford.

“One of the things that struck me in heritage month in October was in the 1963 copy of the Courier there were three places in Broadford you could buy a new car, and now there were none.

“It’s interesting to see in the display like that the things that have disappeared for all sorts of reasons.

“It’s interesting for the people to go through and look at what they had in their lives or what they haven’t had because they’re too young to remember those various things.”

Broadford and District Historical Society also received a certificate of appreciation from Mitchell Shire Council acknowledging the work of the organisation.

Country Fire Authority, CFA, and Country Women’s Association, CWA, member Sally Wearmouth received the Broadford Australia Day Committee award for outstanding citizen.

A resident of Broadford for 35 years, Ms Wearmouth has been a long-time volunteer in the community, including 33 years with the CFA and about 25 years with CWA.

“Anything my girls were involved in I was on the committee, whether at the parent club at the primary school,” she said.

“I’ve held treasury and secretary positions in both the CFA and CWA. I’m currently treasurer of both groups.

“The more you put into a community, the more you get out of it and I just encourage as many people as possible to find something to volunteer.

“It feels great to be recognised. You don’t put in to get awards but it feels amazing when you get one.”

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