Don’t miss our Australia Day celebrations on Friday

Program for Australia Day in Taylor Park

8am Musical Entertainment

8am BBQ Breakfast

8.30am Children’s drawing competition begins

9am Official Opening Ceremony

9.01am Acknowledgement of Country

9.02am Flag raising and national anthem

9.05am Prayer of thanks

9.10am Welcome to ambassador

9.15am Address by ambassador

9.25am Thank you to ambassador and presentation of pin and gift

9.28am Presentation of Australia Day awards by Weddin Shire mayor Mark Liebich

9.50am Judging of children’s colouring in competition

10.10am Poetry reading competition

10.15am Awarding of children’s colouring competition

10.20am Thank you to all participants and close of official ceremony

In case of wet weather the Australia Day ceremony will be held in Soldiers Memorial Hall at the corner of Church Street and Middle Street.

Ambassador

Grenfell’s Australia Day ambassador is Sandra Ireson the 2017 NSW/ACT Agrifutures Rural Women’s Award winner. 

Ms Ireson is building on the success of the Hay Inc. Rural Education Program by developing an adaptable model called “Engage Ag” – creating opportunities for a career in agriculture - promoting the initiative to other rural communities and industry.

Sandra has a keen interest in developing pathways for younger generations to gain a start in primary industries.

In 2014 she co-developed the Hay Inc. Rural Education Program to address the challenge of markedly reduced numbers of young people entering or staying in agriculturally dependent communities.

The program gives young people the skills and knowledge they need to pursue a career in agriculture, and provided hands-on training, mentoring, and access to rural networks and landholders to help spring board a career in agriculture.

Building on the success of the program, Sandra plans to develop an adaptable model and make it available to other communities across Australia.

Growing up on a Merino sheep property on the Monaro, she studied Agriculture at University of Western Sydney before working in the veterinary and agricultural animal health industry in sales and marketing. 

She owns and operates a beef cattle and sheep enterprise near Booligal on the lower Lachlan River region of NSW with her husband Matt and three teenage children. 

Ms Ireson is also passionate about creating leadership and networking opportunities for women. 

She is involved with the National Rural Women’s Coalition where she is of one of nine regional, rural and remote women from throughout Australia coordinating the group’s communication network.

She has been a major driver of community events in the Hay region combining agriculture, tourism and education – with one of her successes being instigating and coordinating the Booligal Sheep Races.

Disco at the pool

Stay cool and celebrate Australia Day at the new Grenfell Aquatic Centre!

Celebrate our Australian way of life at the new Grenfell Aquatic Centre this Australia Day from 5pm – 8.30pm.

All the community are invited – so spread the word.

Bring along the family.

Cool off, grab a bite to eat at the barbeque, catch up with friends and be entertained.

Play pool games, have a go on the Jumping Castle, move to the groove of the music and let’s raise some money for our swimmers.

Celebrate what it is to be Australian.

Gates open 5pm and entry is $5 per person.