Perth’s biggest council considers Australia Day event

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THE City of Stirling is exploring options to hold a public Australia Day event in 2021 as other councils seek to move away from celebrations on the day.

Councillors voted on Tuesday night for the City to investigate hosting New Year’s Eve and Australia Day events, either solely funded or in partnership with other organisations.

Cr Keith Sargent brought the item to council, recognising the City did not provide or sponsor any public events for either occasion.

A report at Tuesday’s meeting said events celebrating Australia Day were “socially and politically controversial” because of many indigenous people’s “mixed feelings” towards the day.

But it said the City’s invitation-only citizenship ceremony last month at Stirling Civic Gardens was “a particularly successful event” and a potential public event could “capitalise on the investment of infrastructure” provided for this, citing the City of Wanneroo’s inaugural Wanneroo Festival following its citizenship ceremony.

The report noted there were no free large-scale community events celebrating either day in the City of Stirling but it staged Sunset Veranda during January and February and prepared for WAAPA in the Park.

A subsequent report to council will investigate event options for potential inclusion in the 2020-21 budget.

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