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AN AUSSIE sizzle will help celebrate our local community with a free barbecue breakfast and the return of a public ceremony on Australia Day next month.

Douglas Shire Council will host the 2023 Australia Day Awards and Citizenship Ceremony at the Port Douglas Community Hall on Thursday 26 January.

The public ceremony returns after it was cancelled and moved online last year due to covid restrictions.

Mossman & Port Douglas Friends of the Hospital Foundation will host the free barbecue breakfast from 7.30am.

Douglas Shire Mayor Michael Kerr encouraged the community to show up and celebrate the region’s unsung achievers.

“Australia Day Awards is one of my favourite civic events of the year because we all get to stop and recognise those people who make a real contribution to our community,” he said.

“As always, we had some incredible names put forward for a 2023 award and we are all very excited to celebrate them.”

“The video of the 2022 ceremony was viewed more than 540 times so I am expecting a big turnout from people across the shire.”

All events are open to the general public.

Key Times:

7:30am – Free BBQ Breakfast

9:30am – Citizenship Ceremony – Followed by the Australia Day Awards


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