A huge crowd joined City of Bunbury Mayor Gary Brennan at the Graham Bricknell Music Shell on Thursday morning for Australia Day 2017.
The day started with a citizenship ceremony to welcome 33 new Australians to Bunbury from a number of countries including England, Ireland, Scotland, New Zealand, South Africa, South Korea, Malaysia, The Phillipines, Zimbabwe and India.
The Bunbury Men of Song provided a stirring rendition of the national anthem while Federal Member for Forrest Nola Marino was kept busy helping to serve the Australia Day breakfast.
Community champion Joyce McGinn was named as the Bunbury citizen of the year for many years of volunteering for a wide range of organisations.
Mrs McGinn has volunteered more than 50 hours a week for over two decades to enhance the lives of many people living in our community.
Luella Knuckey was named the young citizen of the year in recognition of her long and established record of serving her school and the wider Bunbury community locally, nationally and internationally.
Bunbury Multicultural Group was presented with the community group/event of the year award for its work towards building a cohesive multicultural community.
Over the past 10 years, the not-for-profit has worked diligently to grow the South West Multicultural Festival from 200 people to an estimated 7000 last year.
The highly regarded Willcox Brown Perpetual Trophy was presented to Bunbury Respect Inc in recognition of their dedication and tireless effort in spreading the message of respect throughout the Bunbury community.
Bunbury Mayor Gary Brennan said it was an honour to be able to acknowledge the hard work carried out by volunteers in the community.
“I congratulate the worthy winners of these awards and all of the nominees who were recognised for their contribution to the City by other members of our community,” Mr Brennan said.
“It is the tireless work of people such as these that make our City a vibrant, diverse and progressive place to live and visit.”