Australian Honours and Awards Investiture Ceremony presentation at the Investiture Ceremony, Government House – recipient Dr Harold Gunatillake The Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) is awarded for service worthy of particular recognition. Australia has a system of honours and awards to recognise Australians for excellence, achievement and commendable service. These awards were introduced on 14 February 1975. The Governor conducts investiture ceremonies twice a year at Government House Sydney for New South Wales recipients of Australian Honours and Awards. Recipients are announced on Australia Day and the Queen’s Birthday. Transcript: Hello viewers, Thank you for clicking on the link to open this video presentation. This is not my usual presentation on a health subject, but this is about myself that I wish you share and celebrate with me. The Governor of NSW invited me, Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley ACQC, for the Investiture Ceremony on the 12th May ...

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Hornsby Shire’s Australia Day events wowed the crowd! DATE: 27 January 2022 Hornsby Shire’s Australia Day events wowed the crowd! A capacity crowd of 950 people enjoyed Hornsby Shire Council’s combined 2022 Australia Day Celebrations and Citizenship Ceremony in near-perfect weather and amid beautiful parkland surrounds, yesterday (Wednesday 26 January). Council presented its outdoor Australia Day celebrations at historic Hornsby Park, treating audiences to music, dance, roaming entertainment, and inflatable swimming-pool fun at the adjacent Hornsby Aquatic and Leisure Centre. Council earlier hosted an Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony at the park, welcoming 40 new Citizens from 15 countries, including Bangladesh, the Channel Islands, China, India, Malaysia, Nepal, New Zealand, The Philippines, Singapore, Uganda, the United Kingdom and Zimbabwe among others. “Hornsby Park features some beautiful heritage gardens under magnificent native trees, close to nearby bushwalks into Old Man’s Valley,” said Hornsby Shire Mayor, Philip Ruddock. “You simply couldn’t get a ...

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 Australia Day On January 26 in 1788, 11 convict ships from Great Britain landed at what is now Port Jackson in New South Wales, where Governor Arthur Phillip raised the British flag to signal the beginning of the British colony. Since the early days of the British colony, Sydney has marked January 26 using various names, such as Anniversary Day, First Landing Day and Foundation Day. This gradually evolved into ‘Australia Day’, and other states and territories officially adopted the name in 1935. Although celebrations originally focused on the anniversary of the British occupation of New South Wales, since 1979, the federal government has promoted an Australia Day that was less British and more Australian in the hope of unifying Australia’s increasingly diverse population. Australia Day eventually became a national public holiday in 1994. According to the National Australia Day Council, it’s “the day to reflect on what it means ...

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Sydney’s Royal Thomian Derby at Memorial Oval Ingleburn, Tradition lives on Source:Stcobasydney A change of day from the traditional “Australia Day” encounter and the “Venue” was ominous at the start of the day with grey skies and early morning showers as the players drove in for an early morning start of the Classics game. What greeted them was a typical Sri Lankan breakfast organised by Royal. By the time all enjoyed their fill, the skies cleared on the picturesque Ingleburn Oval, the picket fenced ‘turf wicket’ for the open game and the synthetic wicket for the Classic and Masters encounters. Ingleburn ground management had taken great care in preparing the grounds and all facilities, this enabled teams to settle in quickly for the matches in time. Ingleburn management had decided to make a donation of the grounds hire charges to the McGrath Foundation, hence the wickets were ‘pink’, a very ...

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SYDNEY REFLECTS, RESPECTS AND CELEBRATES OUR NATIONAL SPIRIT ON AUSTRALIA DAY The Sydney Opera House shined bright with Aboriginal artwork and the Australian and Aboriginal flags were raised high above the Harbour Bridge as dawn broke over Sydney this morning, setting the tone for our national day. What followed was an inspirational and symbolic showcase of Aboriginal culture with the WugulOra Morning Ceremony at Barangaroo Reserve, where the Australian anthem was sung in both the local Eora language and English, with its new line: “We are one and free”. ...

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FIRST NATIONS AT FIRST LIGHT ON AUSTRALIA DAY 2021 IN SYDNEY For the first time on Australia Day, the Sydney Opera House sails have been lit up at dawn with Indigenous art as a poignant recognition of Australia’s First Nations people. Shortly after first light, the Aboriginal flag was raised alongside the Australian flag on the Sydney Harbour Bridge. These two significant dawn moments set the tone for Australia Day 2021 across NSW with a focus on reflecting and respecting all that makes our country so special. NSW artist, Frances Belle-Parker, was commissioned to create the artwork for the projection on the sails of the Sydney Opera House. Ms Belle-Parker, a proud Yaegl woman, mother and artist from Maclean on the Clarence River, said she is proud to have designed the projection to represent the oldest living culture in the world. “By creating this work, it gave myself the opportunity ...

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LIMITED NUMBERS TO ATTEND AUSTRALIA DAY EVENTS IN SYDNEY AS LEGENDARY ARTIST LINE UP ANNOUNCED A limited number of free tickets will be made available to members of the public, joining frontline workers who have been invited to Australia Day 2021 events in Sydney next week. Australia Day Council of NSW Chair, Andrew Parker said that while Australia Day 2021 will be different this year, the community will still have an opportunity to celebrate our national day in a COVID-Safe way. “This Australia Day we will have fewer events, with smaller crowds and everyone will be able to watch the celebrations at home on ABC TV,” Mr Parker said. “We have been guided by health advice and are pleased to confirm today that 500 frontline workers have been offered tickets to attend the Australia Day Live concert at the Sydney Opera House.” ...

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CELEBRATING THREE DECADES, NSW AUSTRALIA DAY AMBASSADOR PROGRAM STRONGER THAN EVER Monday, 18 January 2021   CELEBRATING THREE DECADES, NSW AUSTRALIA DAY AMBASSADOR PROGRAM STRONGER THAN EVER Celebrating more than 30 great years, the NSW Australia Day Ambassador program has grown from strength to strength with more than 100 remarkable Australians volunteering to participate in Australia Day 2021 activities around the state. Despite the pandemic, many of the Australia Day Ambassadors will continue to celebrate Australia Day in local communities across the state in COVID-Safe ways. Others will, for the first time, connect with their host communities virtually for Australia Day events, showing their commitment to the program. The program started with just nine Ambassadors in 1990, following the hugely successful 1988 bicentenary celebrations. The original Ambassadors included Australian heart-transplant recipient Fiona Coote; pioneering Australian aviator, the late Nancy Bird Walton AO OBE; rock ‘n roll singer Col Joye AM; ...

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    Screen Australia announces development funding for 22 new projects Source:-Mediaweek   Screen Australia has announced almost $750,000 of Story Development funding for nine feature films, 11 television series and two online projects. The slate includes Kate Miller-Heidke composing for Imogen Banks’ new musical dramedy; a television adaptation of Melanie Cheng’s acclaimed book Australia Day; and a feature film from Helpmann Award-winning playwright S. Shakthidharan. Screen Australia’s Head of Development, Nerida Moore said: “We are looking for projects that are distinctive in the market, have a very specific audience in mind and reflect a range of Australian experiences. As such, it’s fantastic to be able to support the development of these 22 productions, which give an exciting glimpse into the diversity of stories, formats and genres we will hopefully see on our screens in the coming years. “I’m particularly pleased Screen Australia is able to support creators to expand their skill sets and take creative risks, including actors ...

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