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Tweed Shire Council says that in the interests of public health Council has rearranged its Australia Day celebrations on Wednesday, January 26.

Originally planned for an in-person event at the Murwillumbah Auditorium, the event which included the Tweed Australia Day Awards presentation and the citizenship ceremony, will now be held online to reduce the risk of COVID-19.

However, there is a silver lining to the decision, with both the awards presentation and the citizenship ceremony to be live-streamed and able to be enjoyed by family and friends in the safety and comfort of their own homes.

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Council’s General Manager Troy Green said he knows many people have been looking forward to celebrations on 26 January in Murwillumbah. ‘But owing to the current COVID-19 crisis, we have to put the community’s health first.

‘While the ceremony will look a little different this year, it is still a day for all of us to “reflect, respect and celebrate” in a COVID-safe way.

Mr Green said by joining in online, you can participate in acknowledging our outstanding Tweed Australia Day Award recipients and support our newest Australian citizens. ‘Let’s show them what a great community we are!’

The online event will commence at 9am with the awards, which recognise the outstanding achievement of individuals and groups in our community over the past year.

A highlight will be a video featuring the winning recipient in each of the six categories:

  • Citizen of the Year
  • Community Event of the Year
  • Sport Achievement – Individual
  • Volunteer Group of the Year
  • Volunteer of the Year – Individual
  • Young Achiever of the Year

The awards will be followed by the citizenship ceremony which will see 35 residents from 18 countries across all of the world’s continents pledge their allegiance to Australia.

Both events will be live-streamed with all members of the Tweed community invited to join in and lend support to this year’s outstanding award recipients as well as our newest Australian citizens.

Join the livestream from 9am on 26 January 2022 at: https://primetime.bluejeans.com/a2m/live-event/eubtvqvs.

For those who prefer to dial in, call 02 9133 7105 and enter the PIN: 5984673#.

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