Hilltops Australia Day celebrations


The Hilltops region will mark Australia Day 2021 on January 26 with celebrations in four regional centres.

The towns of Boorowa, Harden, Young, and Wombat village have events scheduled this year. In line with current COVID restrictions limiting the size of outdoor gatherings in NSW, Hilltops is among many Councils that have implemented crowd caps and venue changes for Australia Day 2021.
Hilltops Mayor Brian Ingram said despite some amendments to the usual Australia Day programs, he expected the essence of the celebrations to be retained in Hilltops. “Australia Day is a significant day that is celebrated widely across the Hilltops. Current restrictions mean that we cannot deliver Australia Day events in their usual format, but we believe the revised and COVID safe events will be well supported by the community.”
This year there have also been changes to the Australia Day Ambassador program. Radio broadcaster, television gardening presenter and author, Graham Ross will attend both the Harden and Wombat Australia Day events. International cricketer Geoff Lawson OAM will attend the event in Young. The proposed 2021 Australia Day ambassador for Boorowa; film producer and author Sue Millikin AO however will not be attending.
Across Hilltops, each centre hosting an Australia Day event will be offering a slightly different program.
The Boorowa Australia Day Official Ceremony has changed venue and will now be held at the Boorowa Ex-Services Club. The day will begin at 9.30am with the flag raising ceremony, official speeches and the awards presentations. An Australia Day luncheon will then be held at 12.30pm. Afternoon activities include bowls, children’s fun run, balladeers and yarn spinners, and golf with these activities taking place at the Boorowa Recreation Club and the Boorowa Ex-Services Club. Numbers for the ceremony and lunch will be limited so register at the Boorowa Ex-Services Club to ensure a place.
The Harden-Murrumburrah Australia Day event will feature an Ambassador’s address from Better Homes & Gardens Television presenter Graham Ross.The celebrations start at Newson Park from 8am with breakfast and local musicians providing entertainment. The presentation of awards acknowledging community volunteers will follow. Those taking part are invited to bring their own chair or picnic rug.
In Wombat village an Australia Day event organised by the Wombat Progress Association will be held at Wagenbah Oval from 10am. The official program will include the presentation of awards: the Wombatian Citizen of the Year (senior and junior), Wombat Sports Person of the Year (senior and junior) or Environment Achievement Award (senior and junior). The event also has a big line up of other attractions, including a tractor pull, antique engine display, vintage cars, best dressed Australiana, market stalls, free sausage sizzle and best decorated bike award.

Australia Day in Young will be celebrated a little differently too this year. The Young celebrations will be held in the Young Town Hall from 9.30am, consisting of a citizenship ceremony and community awards. Due to the current COVID restrictions, the Town Hall event will be invitation only for award and ceremony participants. The Young community are invited to live stream the ceremony via the Hilltops Council's Facebook Page and enjoy Australia Day with friends and family.