By DEBBIE MORRIS
It wouldn’t be Australia Day without having a Big Aussie Breakfast.
Merredin CRC are very pleased to be able to host the breakfast, but it wouldn’t be possible without funding from Collgar Wind Farm and Shire of Merredin, along with amazing support from Merredin IGA, Merredin Men’s Shed, Justin Freind, CRC Committee and staff, Merredin Police, Elders, Landmark and the many, many volunteers who were at the CRC on Friday and Saturday getting everything ready and again on Sunday setting up, cooking, washing up and packing up.
The morning started off with CRC Chairperson, Romolo Patroni welcoming everyone and reflecting on what it means to be Australian, to celebrate contemporary Australia and to acknowledge our history.
The raising of the flag ceremony was undertaken by Merredin Police and signifies an opportunity to celebrate and building community pride in our nation. While the flag was being raised, Justin Freind (Cummins Theatre Manager) sang the National Anthem.
Justin went on to sing ‘I Still Call Australia Home’ and ‘Waltzing Matilda’. For many this was the first time hearing Justin sing and what an amazing voice he has, Merredin is very lucky.
The 2020 Community Citizen of the Year Awards were presented by the Shire of Merredin, with Donna Crook being announced Citizen of the Year and Irene Bain announced Senior Citizen of the Year.
Romolo Patroni thanked everyone for attending and all the volunteers who assisted. The winner of the Australia Day Quiz was announced, Gareth Davies, only getting one question wrong out of 20.
It is estimated around 170 people attended the breakfast and from all the feedback slips, it seemed everyone enjoyed the food, entertainment, the setting and the opportunity to socialise on Australia Day.
We look forward to bringing the Merredin Big Breakfast to you in 2021.
Source; The Phoenix Newspaper, Merredin WA, 31st Jan 2020