Australia Day around Eurobodalla Shire

Residents and visitors can expect big celebrations in Batemans Bay, Narooma and Moruya in the morning, including the presentation of local awards.

Batemans Bay Breakfast at the Beach Where: Corrigans Beach Reserve, Beach Rd, Batehaven When: 8am – 12pm Contact: Batemans Bay Quota Club Merrilyn Chilvers 02 4471 1598, 0432 016978

Moruya Breakfast by the River and Australia Day awards Where: Russ Martin Park, Shore St, Moruya When: 8:30am – 10.30pm Contact: Moruya Australia Day Committee Colin Chesher 4474 2781

Narooma Breakfast at the Beach, flag raising and Local Hero Awards BBQ breakfast: 8 - 10am at Narooma Surf Life Saving Club. Hosted by Narooma SLSC, LIONS club and Dalmeny Deviates. Where: Surf Beach Reserve, Adjacent to the Surf Life Saving Club When: 10am – 11am Contact: Narooma Australia Day Committee Gillian Kearney 0422 272 805 BYO fold up chair, drink, hat and sunscreen.

Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony Where: Council Chambers, Moruya When: 10am-12pm Contact: Gabrielle Cowley 4474 1358 Many in the community have noticed that this year there will be no announcement of the annual:

Eurobodalla Citizen of the Year

Sports Achievement Award,

Youth Citizen of the Year,

Senior Citizen of the Year,

Jeff Britten Award for the Pursuit of Excellence recipient.

A spokeswoman for Council told The Beagle that in consultation with Mayor Liz Innes, Council’s General Manager Dr Catherine Dale decided on a change of approach for Eurobodalla’s 2017 Australia Day Awards. “The retirement of a key staff member involved in the awards’ organisation and a newly-elected council forced us to look at the event. “Despite our very best efforts to promote the Eurobodalla awards, it had become increasingly difficult over a number of years to attract a broad range of nominations. We were effectively competing with well-loved and established ‘local hero’ events in our key towns. “The Mayor and General Manager agreed on a hiatus for the 2017 Eurobodalla awards, allowing the new Council an opportunity to consider how best to recognise and celebrate our eminent local citizens. “We can assure the community that Council is certainly not stepping away from Eurobodalla citizen awards. “Meanwhile, Council continues to provide financial support to the Australia Day celebrations in Narooma, Moruya and Batemans Bay, and the Mayor will officiate at the Australia Day citizenship ceremony in Moruya.” Eurobodalla Shire Council is proud to support the Australia Day celebrations taking place across Eurobodalla on 26 January 2017.

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