Published on 19 January 2023


Australia Day is only a week away and preparations for the official celebration at the Showground are well underway.

Our Australia Day Ambassador for 2023 is Viv Kartsounis. She is the founder of the charity Shoes for Planet Earth which was started in 2009 by a group of people who love to run and wanted to give something back.

The charity provides recycled running shoes to those in need around Australia and New Zealand and elsewhere if the need exists.

Viv is South African by birth and moved to Australia in 2002. She has had a long and successful running career spanning 30 years and she represented Australia 3 years in a row in the 100km World Cup Competition.

On the evening of 25 January there is a meet and greet for all those residents who have been nominated for Australia Day Awards. This event provides recognition of the significant achievement of being nominated and also allows nominees to meet the Australia Day Ambassador in a social setting before Australia Day.

On Australia Day the official celebration will commence at the Showground Pavilion with “smoko” at 9.00am. Refreshments will be provided by the Men’s Shed for a gold coin donation.  Music will be provided by the Fish River Band from O’Connell.

At 10.00 the main ceremony will commence. This will include a Citizenship Ceremony for four members of the Round family who have chosen to formally become part of our nation.

I personally feel great pride in Australia that so many people become citizens every year. It is a difficult decision to change your nationality and requires great trust that being Australian is the best thing to do.

The main part of the ceremony is the Australia Day Awards to members of our community. The top awards are for the Citizen of the Year and Young Citizen of the Year. Other awards are for volunteers/volunteer group, sporting achievement, community event of the year and environmental champion.

Viv Kartsounis will provide an Australia Day Address.

Other events taking place on Australia Day include Lawn Bowls at the RSL, Golf, free entry to the swimming pool opening hours from 12:00noon to 5:00pm and a special Australia Day Lunch at the Malachi (reservations are required to attend this lunch please call 0432 883 150 to book your spot).

There was some excellent news last week that Jenolan Caves was to re-open on 20 January having been closed for over 100 days. Unfortunately there was a very significant downpour on Sunday night which has again closed the 2 Mile road.

The good news is that there was no significant damage to the road or the precinct but there is some significant debris that needs to be cleared.  

The NSW State Election will take place on 25 March 2023. To be eligible to vote you need to be enrolled to vote based upon your current address. It is relatively easy to check your enrolment details, enrol for the first time, change your address, or apply for a Postal Vote. Go to and ensure you are able to vote on 25 March.


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