Dear Friends and Owners of Unley,
You may think that the hottest event is the unprecedented 46°C temperatures in the European cities. The TV pictures show lots of baking houses and very, very, few trees. The hottest until our summer seems to be……
Following publication in the Advertiser, the Council and Mayor have received many complaints about Council holding our Australia Day Citizens’ ceremony on the evening before.
· The date of Australia Day is a Commonwealth responsibility, not the Local Government.
· The Commonwealth gave us the decision to make as to whether to hold our Citizenship ceremony on any one of three days.
· The elected Council on behalf of our community voted 7-5 to hold the Citizenship ceremony the evening before in Jan 2024
· For 2025 Council will need to decide once again what to do.
I was asked, “ Shouldn’t you consult and find out what your community wants?” Answer: Our Unley residents can contact their local Ward Councillor. Our Councillors listen. However, whatever Council decides, it tends to be only those who disagree who speak up.
· Australia Day celebrations these days are rightly far more inclusive of Aboriginal communities and issues.
We have much to celebrate as a multicultural democratic nation. I am glad I was born an Australian Citizen, and I am pleased to welcome others who wish to join us.