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MEDIA RELEASE - 2020 Australia Day guest speakers announced

7 January 2020

Community spirit and striving for success will be the focus of this year’s Australia Day celebrations in the Glenelg Shire, following the announcement of the ambassadors for the 2020 Australia Day civic events.

International humanitarian lifeguard Simon Lewis will present at the Portland Australia Day ceremony from 8am at the Memorial Triangle and the Heywood Australia Day ceremony from 12pm on the Banks of the Fitzroy River.

Mr Lewis is a figure of international leadership in the lifesaving community. Among his career achievements he has guided refugee rescue operations in Greece and established public funding campaigns. He was also a 2017 Australian of the Year Victorian Hero finalist.

Award winning former harness racing trainer Maree Caldow will headline the Casterton Australia Day ceremony from 8am at Island Park.

Mrs Caldow has been a stalwart of the racing industry since assuming control of a Melton training establishment, preparing over 800 winners. She proudly contributes to an industry that provides indispensable social events, connecting rural and regional communities throughout Victoria.

A free barbecue breakfast and entertainment will be on offer at both Portland and Casterton from 8 am before the formalities commence at 9am.

Council also supports community organised activities in Heywood, Merino and Nelson.

2020 AUSTRALIA DAY EVENTS:
CASTERTON
Island Park, Casterton
8.00am – Free BBQ breakfast & entertainment
9.00am – Flag raising ceremony –Australia Day Awards - Australia Day Ambassador Maree Caldow

HEYWOOD
Banks of the Fitzroy River
12:00pm - Free BBQ lunch
1.00pm – Flag raising ceremony - Heywood Citizen of the Year - Australia Day Ambassador Simon Lewis

MERINO
Merino Swimming Pool
11:00am – Free BBQ & Entertainment, Presentation of Merino-Digby Citizen of the Year

NELSON
Bridge Park, Nelson
8.00am – Free BBQ breakfast & entertainment
9:00am - Flag Raising Ceremony - Nelson Citizen of the Year

PORTLAND
Memorial Triangle, Portland
8.00am – Free BBQ breakfast & entertainment
9.00am – Flag raising ceremony – Australian Citizenship Ceremony – Australia Day Awards - Australia Day Ambassador Simon Lewis


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