Amidst years of rising debate on changing the date, the city of Melbourne is looking to incorporate a more inclusive approach to their Australia day celebrations.
the pledge comes after the council lobbied the Albanese government in September to change the date of Australia Day from January 26 despite the prime minister stating that there are no plans to shift the celebration.
The council also pledged to consider the scope of Australia day activities based on consultation with the community.
The result of that consultation resulted in an approach that the council hopes will promote “reflection, togetherness and inclusion.”
On the Victorian government’s website “What’s on -Australia day in Victoria” page the government acknowledges how Australia Day represents a day of mourning for some Australians.
“The Victorian Government recognises Australia Day represents a day of mourning and reflection for some Victorians, and is a challenging time for First Peoples.
The Victorian Government is committed to addressing past and ongoing injustices through Treaty and the truth-telling work of the Yoorrook Justice Commission.
Reflect, Respect, Celebrate this Australia day. We’re all part of the story,” it says.
Included in the events being held on the day will be the 20th Share the Spirit festival a community-based festival that celebrates the survival of First Nation Peoples in Australia.
Citizenship ceremonies will still be held in the city after an acknowledgement of country.
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