Statement from Douglas Shire Council Mayor Julia Leu:
We live in tropical Far North Queensland for goodness sakes – thongs and board shorts are a necessity.
Business shirts and ties may be comfortable in an air-conditioned office in Canberra, but try wearing that on a scorching hot day in Port Douglas.
I am urging our new Douglas Shire citizens to slip on your best thongs and boardies for Australia Day in Port Douglas.
Seriously, who is going to play the role of fashion police, and for what purpose?
Certainly, not me. If we applied this ban, we would be denying entry to the majority of our new citizens and their families and friends.
In my experience, everyone has looked fantastically tropical and cool for our ceremonies.
Ultimately, people should be free to wear, whatever they choose for our tropical climate.
What is more quintessentially Australian than wearing thongs and boardies on the doorstep of one of our country’s most iconic natural attractions in the Great Barrier Reef?
We are cooking up a free Aussies BBQ breakfast to welcome our new citizens and celebrate Australia Day at the Port Douglas Community Hall.
This will be followed by a citizenship ceremony and Australia Day Awards Ceremony.
The last thing we want is for our new Douglas citizens to be officially welcomed to Australia in sweaty and uncomfortable fashion.