THERE are many community activities planned in the Snowy Mountains to celebrate the diversity of Australia - including the award for Citizen of the Year which this year goes to Dr Geoffrey Cocker of Berridale.
"Australia Day is about embracing our diverse community and building community spirit, by getting everyone involved in celebrations all over New South Wales," Mayor John Cahill said.
"We are once again lucky to have help from the Jindabyne Lions Club, for the official ceremony and keen community members at Adaminaby as well as the CWA, Red Cross and RSL."
Snowy River Shire Council takes part in the Australia Day Ambassador Program where high achieving Australians are sent across the country to share the Australia Day spirit and participate in various activities. This year the shire will welcome Olympic Boxer, Rick Timperi, to the official ceremonies.
Come along and enjoy the celebrations for Australia Day in 2013.
9am Banjo Paterson Park, Jindabyne
Breakfast in the Park, Announcement of Australia Day Awards and Performance by Special Olympic Dance Group.
2pm Adaminaby Rotunda, Community Afternoon Tea, Local Australia Day Awards 2012.
Mt Kosciuszko Australia Day celebrations at the Summit from 12 noon will be, the continuing festivities in Thredbo Village (www.thredbo.com.au
Council has reviewed nominations for the 2013 Local Australia Day Awards and winners have been decided for Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year and Community Event of the Year.
The winners will be presented with their awards on Australia Day. For further information contact Snowy River Shire Council on (02) 6451 1503 or visit www.australiaday.com.au.
The Australia Day celebrations in Berridale this year are limited to a sausage sizzle (by gold coin donation) breakfast in the Lions Park on Jindabyne Road from 8am to 9am followed by a short flag raising ceremony and singing of the national anthem. The event should conclude about 9:15am.
The reason for this short ceremony lies in the decision last year by Snowy River Shire to have the visiting Australia Day Ambassador speak at Jindabyne and one or two other venues in the shire. Last year it was the turn of Berridale and Dalgety. This year it is Adaminaby's turn.
Lions hope many people will join them for breakfast and their acknowledgment of the day.