Once again we celebrated Australia Day in Unley with a Citizenship Ceremony and the presentation of our local Australia Day Awards. This as followed by a family fun day in Oxford Street.
This year Unley welcomed 60 new citizens during the citizenship ceremony. Kids and adults from 24 different nations once again highlight the multi cultural and multi ethnicity of the City of Unley.
People who have chosen for many and varied reasons to call Australia home and more particularly the City of Unley lined up today with smiles and excitement that simply makes one feel good to be present. Who knows what their history but for all to see is a pride and joy unparalleled.
And of course the chance to honour those who have volunteered their time for the benefit of their community is also special.
For Clarence Park Ward we had two nominees for citizen of the year, both involved in local scouting.
Dirk Sluiter has been involved in one form or another with the Millswood/Clarence Park Neighbourhood Watch, stepping down only recently as Area Co-Coordinator to give someone else a chance, only to wind up being assistant coordinator and editor of their newsletter. Before that Dirk was a scout master for the Black Forest Scout Group for I think 20 plus years.
Stephen Saunders has been involved on the other hand with the 3rd Goodwood Scout & Guide Group including being their hall caretaker for over 25 years. Since retiring he has been collecting for their Scout Drive, and h will be around at my place tomorrow to clean up my used bottle and can collection. Steve also drives the Unley Council Community Bus including on weekends for church groups.
Community Event of the Year rightfully went to the 2013 French Christmas markets put on by Alliance Francaise d’Adelaide.
The festivities afterwards were a treat. For pictures of the fun being had by one and all go to my Facebook at page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Councillor-Don-Palmer-Clarence-Park-Ward-City-of-Unley/624962157624887