WHEN: Friday 26 January 2018
WHERE: Palmerston Recreation Centre
The City of Palmerston’s official Australia Day ceremony will be hosted at the Palmerston Recreation Centre from 1pm. Council extends a warm invitation to our community to attend this significant day and join us as we celebrate what we all love about our Country.
The event will commence with Welcome to Country, recognising local Aboriginal Culture. We will be celebrating our cultural diversity by proudly welcoming some of the country’s newest residents at a special citizenship ceremony, with the Palmerston’s defence community recognised with a tri-service flag raising ceremony.
The afternoon will culminate in the much anticipated awarding of the City’s coveted Australia Day Awards in three categories – Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year and Community Event of the Year. Designed to recognise the valuable contributions made to the local community by residents and community organisations, the awards are a highlight of the day’s events.
Australia Day Ambassador, Anita Newman, will be in attendance, with entertainment by Ken Brodie and Friends, didgeridoo player Les Huddleston and Lilla Wellington who will be singing the National Anthem.
On Monday 22 January, the winners of our 2018 Australia Day Awards were announced. Congratulations to:
- Serena Dalton – Citizen of the Year
- Jessica Bartlett – Young Citizen of the Year
- Palmerston Cadet Division St Johns – Community Event of the Year
Serena regularly contributes many volunteer hours both participating in, and actively supporting, community committees and activities in Palmerston. Serena is an influential voice of our community as an active advocate for children, family and indigenous issues. Serena established the group Grassroots Action Palmerston, which initiates and supports projects that build cohesion and create positive pathways for youth and families, including the Streetball basketball competition held in local suburbs. She is actively involved in the Youth Drop-in Sports program at the Palmerston Recreation Centre, mentoring and role modelling positive behaviours for young people. Serena is also a member of Young Mulligas and Cudjeries, which provides culturally appropriate mentoring to indigenous youth in Palmerston. Her passion for youth wellbeing has been instrumental in the increase in youth activities in Palmerston.
Jessica’s passion for wildlife has defined her career and interests. She has been caring for wildlife for more than ten years, and moved from Jabiru to Palmerston to follow her dream to become a veterinary nurse. Since joining Ark Aid Inc. (Wildlife Hospital), she has become the group’s main Education Officer, and delivers free educational courses to schools and the wider community, often in her own time. She has been a committee member of the charity for four years and positively represents the organisation and its values. Jessica has generously contributed many volunteer hours of her time to help make Palmerston and the Territory a better place for wildlife, and our community alike.
St John Ambulance NT is a not-for-profit organisation formed from divisions of volunteers who provide vital assistance in the community. The Palmerston Cadet Division is a dedicated team of adults, Cadets (aged 11 to 18 years) and Juniors (aged 8 to 11 years). Six enthusiastic adults lead the group, training, supporting and encouraging the Cadets and Juniors in their care. Training in age-appropriate first aid courses enables them to serve in the community by providing first aid public duties at a range of events. Cadets are also expected to complete 60 hours each of public duty hours in a 12-month period. In 2017, the Palmerston Cadet Division spent a combined 1,805 hours serving the Top End community at public events, ranging from the Bombing of Darwin to Palmerston Carols.
Join us this Friday at our official Australia Day ceremony to help us thank them for the valuable contribution each has made in our community.