SMALLER crowds and a lack of citizenship ceremonies failed to deter people celebrating Australia Day in Horsham Rural City on Saturday.
There were events in Horsham, Brimpaen, Dadswells Bridge and Natimuk.
Horsham Mayor David Grimble said the Sawyer Park festivities were great but numbers were down a bit because of the long weekend.
“We anticipated they would be down a little, but people enjoyed the day,” he said.
“The Australia Day award presentations to Rebecca Schmidt, Robyn Lardner and the Carols by Candlelight committee were very well received.
“People were humbled by their awards.”
Councillor Grimble said he was surprised there were no Australia Day citizenship ceremonies in Horsham for the ﬁrst time in four to ﬁve years.
“I did four in late November, so we do do them during the year,” he said.
“But if they coincide with Australia Day, it holds a lot of signiﬁcance because it’s very much part of the event.
“We had very late notiﬁcation of 11 people wishing to become citizens, so we will do a ceremony in March.”
Cr Grimble said Horsham Rural City Australia Day Ambassador Lindy Allen was familiar with the Wimmera.
“She has visited here before and has strong ties to the area,” he said.
“Lindy talked about some of the Wimmera’s attributes, such as Natimuk and Green lakes having water in them.
“She understood the beneﬁts of water returning to the Wimmera.
“Lindy is working on a Centenary of Canberra celebrations project called ‘One River’ which focuses
on Canberra’s location within the Murray-Darling Basin.
“We are part of the basin so that’s why she talked about water.”