Council news – 4 June 2024

Published on 04 June 2024

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Australia Day – Survival Day event wins award

Mount Alexander Shire Council is proud to share the news that the shire’s Australia Day – Survival Day event has been recognised with Reconciliation Victoria’s Maggolee Award.

Australia Day – Survival Day is an annual community event held in Castlemaine on 26 January.

“Australia Day – Survival Day has come so far since my father (Uncle Brien Nelson) first raised the Aboriginal Flag, and since Aunty Julie McHale won Citizen of the Year in 2017,” said Uncle Rick Nelson, Dja Dja Wurrung Elder.

“Now we have an amazing event with a concert that celebrates our survival, with such a diverse and incredible level of talent performing on the day.

“We’re all community, we’ve got to live side by side, so we need to work together to move forward, towards reconciliation.

“An event like Australia Day – Survival Day promotes unity in our shire and beyond.”

Read more about the award at

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