Australia Day in Waroona Shire

Published on Thursday, 12 January 2023 at 2:14:57 PM

The community is invited to ‘Reflect, Respect and Celebrate’ at Australia Day celebrations throughout the Shire of Waroona on Thursday, 26 January 2023. This Australia Day, residents can choose from events in Waroona, Lake Clifton and Preston Beach.


The Waroona event will kick off from 7.30am at the Waroona Memorial Hall. Cooked or continental breakfasts are available to purchase, thanks to the Waroona Lions Club. Enjoy a great start to the day watching cultural cooking demonstrations featuring the cuisines of our Shire, organised by the Waroona Community Resource Centre with participation from our First Nations peoples and multicultural community.


Along with Alex Wayne on acoustic guitar, there will also be free family entertainment provided, including face painting from Mandurah Mermaids, a petting zoo from Old McDonalds Travelling Farm, mini golf, lawn games, craft activities, a sheepdog demonstration, a street parade and the Just Cruizin Street Machiners car display.


The official Australia Day Awards ceremony will start at 9.30am with a Welcome to Country, followed by the presentation of the Australia Day Community Citizen of the Year Awards and the Shire of Waroona Meritorious Community Service Awards.


The Waroona Australia Day event will also include a ‘Quiet Zone’ marquee including beanbags and noise cancelling headphones for those in need of an escape from crowds and sensory overload.


Residents in Lake Clifton can enjoy a free breakfast at the Lake Clifton Community Hall from 8.00am to 10.30am. Organised by the Lake Clifton-Herron Residents Association, there will also be some family-friendly activities offered this year.


Meanwhile Preston Beach residents are invited to a barbeque lunch from 12.00pm at the Preston Beach Community Centre. Lunch and dessert will be provided free-of-charge by the Preston Beach Progress Association, with event goers encouraged to bring their own drinks and sunscreen.


Shire President Mike Walmsley said that Australia Day 2023 provided an opportunity for residents to celebrate what it means to be an Australian in Waroona.


“The Shire has a beautiful, diverse and multicultural community and we each have different stories to share,” Cr Walmsley said. “It’s important that we reflect this in the way we come together on Australia Day, which is why this year’s Waroona event has a greater focus on celebrating our different backgrounds and differences. From matting for wheelchairs, to adjustable chairs, a low-sensory area and multicultural cooking, our aim is for everyone to feel welcomed and celebrated.”    


The three Australia Day events are supported by the Shire of Waroona with assistance from the Australian Government through the National Australia Day Council. For more information please visit

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