Beeac ready for Aussie party

BEEAC is preparing to take centre stage at this month’s Australia Day celebrations.

The town 19 kilometres north of Colac will host the Colac Otway Shire Council’s official ceremony on January 26.

Event volunteer Kaila Morris, of the Beeac Progress Association, said she looked forward to the occasion.

Beeac Primary School pupils will sing the national anthem when the town hosts this year’s official Australia Day celebrations. Pictured from left are event volunteers Kaila Morris and Jayde Thackeray with Beeac Primary School pupils Felicity Dodd, Tyler Cox, Tahlia Kerr and Corey Cox, and Mrs Morris’ daughter Lila.

Mrs Morris said volunteers would help decorate the town, staff an information tent and pack up after the event.

“It’s going to be good, it should be a good day,” she said.

“Beeac Primary School are singing the national anthem on the day with Jamie McGuane, followed by other groups like the Colac City Band, Sophisticated Swing, Drop Jaw and Sally McKeown who was originally from Beeac.”

Council corporate and community services general manager Colin Hayman said the council had been working with the community to plan the celebrations since August.

“Along with the official Australia Day ceremony, the day’s activities will include an Australia Day market, free entertainment, free children’s activities – face painting and a jumping castle – free ice cream courtesy of Bulla and a one-hour free community barbecue,” he said.

Last year’s Australia Day event was in Colac after smaller towns failed to apply to host the ceremony.

Mr Hayman said Beeac residents had a chance to “showcase their town”.

He said Beeac’s Red Cross would serve Devonshire Tea to new Australian citizens and Australia Day award recipients, while the town’s Country Fire Authority members would help set up a ceremony stage.

“From the Colac Otway Shire Council’s point of view, it presents an opportunity to work with community groups and community members across the shire in delivering a community event,” he said.

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