This Australia Day, Corowa is set to host its biggest Australia Day celebration yet with more than 500 people expected to join Australia Day Ambassador, Ron Delezio for the festivities.
Ron’s speaking experience is from the heart.
His story has inspired everyone from executives to crowds at major events.
In 2003, Ron and his wife Carolyn, watched daughter Sophie fight for her life in hospital after been badly injured when she was trapped under a burning car which had crashed into her childcare centre in Sydney.
Sophie survived, but made national headlines a second time when she was again badly injured in a road accident in 2006.
In 2004, Ron and Carolyn founded the Day of Difference Foundation to help critically injured children and their families.
Ron will take everyone on his family’s journey and pass on the lessons learnt and the importance of being strong in the face of adversity.
Federation Council Mayor Pat Bourke said council was looking forward to welcoming Ron as part of the day’s celebrations in Corowa.
“We are honoured to have Ron attend our special Australia Day activities, as well as present the School Achievement Awards during the official ceremonies,” he said.
“Australia Day is so important to our communities, it’s a time to stop and reflect on what we have achieved and what we can proud of in the Federation Council.
“The Rotary Club of Corowa has partnered with Federation Council to ensure there is lots planned for the whole family and we encourage everyone to come along and be part of the fun.”
Residents, friends, family and visitors are invited to celebrate everything that’s great about living in Australia at this year’s Australia Day celebrations, to be held at Rowers Park, Corowa from 10am on Friday, January 26 and will include an official ceremony, presentation of Australia Day awards, live music, family entertainment, a ski show and much more.
Australia Day is an alcohol and glass free event. Please bring a chair and/or blanket.
For further information, visit council’s website www.federationcouncil.nsw.gov.au
Federation Council Australia Day
Friday, January 26, 2018 at 10am
Rowers Park, Bridge Road, Corowa
Australia Day awards nomination for 2017
• Federation Council Community Project of the Year: Howlong Opportunity Shop
• Federation Council Community Event of the Year: Annual Corowa Swim-In and Military, Vehicle Gathering, Showcase Urana
• Federation Council Local Achiever Award: Daryl Davey, Fraser Droop, Liam Summons, John and Andrea Barwick, Peter Seeliger.
• Federation Council Young Citizen of the Year: Frazer Droop, Liam Summons
• Federation Council Citizen of the Year: John and Andrea Barwick, Peter Seeliger, Sandi Habermann.
Indigo’s Australia Day Ambassadors
Indigo Shire is looking forward to a big January 26 welcome for Australia Day Ambassadors Stan Alves and Rob Gell.
Rob Gell OAM, a qualified geological and environmental scientist best known as the face of television weather for more than 30 years, will speak at Rutherglen, Chiltern and Yackandandah.
Stan Alves OAM, former AFL coach, elite athlete and now a successful businessman, will speak at the Australia Day functions at Barnawartha, Kiewa-Tangambalanga and Beechworth.
Stan is widely known from his television and sporting appearances, and has visited Indigo Shire in the past.
A gifted motivational speaker in business, sport, education and life, he is dedicated to passing on his knowledge and experiences to others.
Meanwhile, Rob has been a local government councillor and was a councillor of the Australian Conservation Foundation through the 1990s.
He has been highly active in sustainability, environmental and wildlife organisations for more than 30 years and is the Patron of the Geography Teachers Association of Victoria, Wildlife Victoria, and Life Education Victoria.
Rob is a Life Ambassador for Australia Day.
Australia Day Events
Australia Day is celebrated each year across Indigo Shire on January 26 with events in Barnawartha, Beechworth, Chiltern, Kiewa-Tangambalanga, Rutherglen and Yackandandah.
Each venue has a flag ceremony and presentation of Indigo Shire Australia Day Awards.
The awards celebrate the contribution of individuals, community organisations and businesses in the Shire.
They pay tribute to those who make extraordinary contributions to society or who are outstanding achievers in the Indigo community.
Rutherglen 7.45am to 10am. Community breakfast, entertainment and award presentations, Lions Park, Douglas Street.