A new citizen, recognition of hardwork, competition winners, a medal winning paralympian and an Aussie style barbecue breakfast brought Gloucester residents together in Billabong Park.
Members of the community gathered for Gloucester’s annual Australia Day celebration on Friday, January 26, which this year included a citizenship ceremony.
The morning kicked off a breakfast barbecued by several volunteer community groups and ended with the cutting of the cake with Barrington Public School’s Selina Denyer’s colouring-in picture on it.
MidCoast Council deputy major Katheryn Smith and Federal member for Lyne David Gillespie performed the citizenship ceremony which saw Gloucester’s Rachel Starrett become an Australian after 30 years of living here.
Gloucester High School captains Mia Bowden and Liam Chester spoke about what Australia meant to them, each delivering a heart-felt speech.
Australia Day Ambassador paralympian swimmer Taylor Corry and Mr Gillespie also addressed the crowd with Ms Smith performing the master of ceremony duties.
Dylan Schultz was named the Young Citizen of the Year for his substantial commitment to sports administration and the Gloucester Soccer Club received the Project of the Year Award for its completion of the soccer clubhouse.
At the end of the ceremony, everyone was invited to the Olympic Pool Gala Evening.