Eaglehawk residents unite for day

UNDERNEATH the trees at Eaglehawk’s Canterbury Park more than 300 people came together to celebrate Australia Day. 

A free egg and bacon breakfast was cooked by the Rotary Club of Eaglehawk while the Eaglehawk Citizen Brass Band entertained onlookers. 

Eaglehawk Australia Day Ambassador Christine Unsworth was a special guest. 

Ms Unsworth was the former director of the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal. 

Through her role with the appeal, Ms Unsworth oversaw community donations of 

$160 million to the hospital over the past 16 years. 

In her address to the crowd, Ms Unsworth spoke about what it meant to be Australian. 

“Country folk, city dwellers, young people and old people, we all celebrate Australia Day in our own unique ways,” she said.

Ms Unsworth described Australians as resilient, generous and courageous. 

She said the people who live in this country is what makes Australia a great place.

Eaglehawk Australia Day chairman Walter Lourie said the Canterbury Park celebration was a success. 

He said every year the festivities in the Borough grew. 

“We are a lovely community at Eaglehawk,” he said. 

“It is nice to be part of the community and celebrate the things that make us a community.”

Rotary Club of Eaglehawk  president Colin Anderson said each year the Rotary Club held Australia Day celebrations. 

He said Australia Day was a special day to celebrate the country we live in and to give back to the community. 

“It is recognition of our heritage and how lucky we are as a society and the opportunity to reach out to people who are not so fortunate,” he said.

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