Melton prepares for Australia Day


Sarah Oliver

This Australia Day, Melton council will continue its tradition of hosting a special citizenship ceremony and celebrating the winners of the 2022 Community Achievement Awards.

There will be 85 people sworn in as new citizens, and among the award winners will be City of Melton Citizen of the Year Murray Lewis, an active member of the RSL for more than 40 years.

Melton residents are invited to join in the celebrations at The Willows Historical Park in Melton on Wednesday, January 26. Register for a free ticket through the council’s website.

Festivities will include live entertainment by Miss Penni Duo featuring Aaron Schembri, dingoes and reptiles to meet, a free barbecue as well as free coffee and Anzac biscuits.

City of Melton Australia Day Ambassador, Western Health CEO Adjunct Professor Russell Harrison will make an address at the event, focusing on what quality, accessible and free healthcare means to Australians, and sharing insights into his career in the sector.

Melton mayor Goran Kesic said he looked forward to welcoming new residents and honouring the hard work of all the award winners.

“This is a time to not only celebrate the country we’re so lucky to call home, but the people who help make it so special,” Cr Kesic said.

“Despite the challenges of the past year, so many residents made outstanding contributions locally, and the community spirit that makes us proud of our city remains strong.

“Our citizenship ceremony is always a highlight of council’s Australia Day event and I look forward to personally congratulating each of our new residents.”

Entertainment will begin at 9.30am and the event will conclude at noon.

To ensure this is a COVID-safe event, free tickets are limited and only available by registering to attend in advance.