Thank you to the North Burnett Regional Council for the opportunity to speak at Gayndah’s Australia Day celebrations to share some of my thoughts.
These words are taken from an Australia day website and I quote:
“Australia Day is much more than barbeques and fireworks. It is more than another public holiday. It is more than the pride and excitement of new citizens who call themselves Australian for the first time on 26 January after being conferred citizenship.”
“At its core, Australia Day is a day driven by communities, and the celebrations held in each town, suburb or city – unified by the celebration of what’s great about Australia and being Australian.”
A day “Driven by communities“….. as I look around, I see our community represented by you – you who all have a pride in our little town and the great things we achieve by the volunteers who work tirelessly for our community – not for an award they may get – not for any praise or acclamation they may receive. They do it simply out of pride in our community – for the opportunity to be part of a successful event, to keep committees alive to provide services and entertainment for us all.
I have lived in Gayndah all my life and have been involved with the show society for over 30 years and I am still fascinated and in awe of the number of volunteers who put together just this one event. It is in excess of 100. That’s just ONE event held in this town. How many other events are there? That equates to a very large percentage of our residents involved in something on a volunteer basis. I applaud and thank each and everyone in this community for your effort. Gayndah relies heavily on support from volunteers – those who give freely of their own time.
Congratulations to all of the award recipients and nominees. Treasure the honor bestowed on you by our town – you deserve it. I don’t say that because I was a recipient last year, I say it because, as a resident of Gayndah, I personally appreciate the pride and effort each and every one of you has displayed in our town.
Gayndah is a town to be proud of. We have a wonderful sense of community and understand full well the meaning of “pulling together”. Let’s continue to promote the Pride of Gayndah and let’s keep that spirit going.