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Australia Day 2020: Change of venue for Moree celebrations due to storm damage

UPDATE:

There has been a change of venue for Moree's Australia Day celebrations on Sunday.

Moree Plains Shire Council has advised residents that the celebrations will now be held at the Banquet Hall (next door to the Moree Memorial Hall) in Balo Street.

Council's Australia Day event is usually held at Jellicoe Park, however due to damage from Thursday's storm and the chance of rain on Sunday, it was decided to move the celebrations inside.

All are welcome to celebrate on Sunday, from 8am.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 24:

The Moree community is invited to come together to celebrate all things great about our beautiful country this Sunday, January 26 for Australia Day.

Moree Plains Shire Council and Moree Lions Club hope to see all residents join them at Jellicoe Park from 8am on Sunday, for a morning of celebration and reflection.

In true Aussie style, the day will begin with a free barbecue breakfast put on by the Lions Club, providing everyone the opportunity to catch up over bacon and egg rolls.

The community will then be able to welcome our newest Australian citizens following the annual citizenship ceremony, which will see 10 people take the oath, and congratulate this year's Australia Day award winners.

Awards include Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year, Sportsperson of the Year, Community Event/Group of the Year, Environmental Citizen of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, and Group Volunteer of the Year.

The winners will be presented by Moree's 2020 Australia Day ambassador Clyde Campbell, who will also give an address.

Mr Campbell is the founder of Shake It Up Australia Foundation, which was established after the father of three and business owner was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 2009 at the age of 44. Shake It Up has partnered with the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research to fund the world's best research in Australia targeted at finding better treatments and ultimately a cure.

Moree Plains Shire Council would like to remind residents that Australia Day is a national public holiday and as such, there will be some changes to council services and facilities over the long weekend, from Saturday, January 25 to Monday, January 27.

Kerbside garbage and recycling collection will operate as normal, however there will be changes to the shire's landfill operations.

Residents can continue to contact council's 24-hour after hours telephone service on (02) 6757 3222.

For full details of the operating hours of council's services, go to www.mpsc.nsw.gov.au.