TOWN of Victoria Park reaffirmed its commitment to holding Australia Day citizenship ceremonies but stopped short of committing to January 26 as the date.
A motion for the Town to continue to celebrate Australia Day each and every year “on the date designated by the Federal Government” and to continue hosting a citizenship ceremony and citizen of the year awards on that day was passed at the council’s meeting last night.
The second part of the motion included the Town committing to discuss the meaning of January 26 with its Aboriginal Engagement Strategy Group.
The original motion on the agenda brought forward by councillor Vince Maxwell was to commit to January 26 but he changed it when he introduced the item.
Cr Maxwell said the motion was not about declaring what day Australia Day should be but recognising the greatness of achievements made by the nation.
Cr Vicki Potter voiced her concern that the council was delving into an issue that they should not have to deal with.
Earlier in the meeting, Aboriginal Engagement Strategy Group member Dylan Collard voiced his concern during public question time and said the Aboriginal people had been protesting the day for decades.
The council’s decision follows a resolution from the City of South Perth last month to celebrate Australia Day on January 26 each and every year.