The Waroona Shire is set to mark this year’s Australia Day with a number of events for local residents to commemorate the day with. Three events will be held across Waroona, Lake Clifton and Preston Beach on January 26 to link in with the day’s themes of reflection, respect and celebration. In the Waroona, the day will start off at 7.30am with the Lions Club breakfast at the Waroona Memorial Hall. Alongside a low-cost cooked or continental breakfast, attendees will also be able to start the day watching cooking demonstrations from the town’s First Nations peoples and multicultural communities. Shire president Mike Walmsley says it’s important residents across the region have the opportunity to come together and celebrate what it means to be an Australian in Waroona. “The Shire has a beautiful, diverse and multicultural community and we each have different stories to share,” he said. “It’s important that we reflect this in the way we come together on Australia Day, which is why this year’s Waroona event has a greater focus on celebrating our different backgrounds and differences. “From matting for wheelchairs, to adjustable chairs, a low-sensory area and multicultural cooking, our aim is for everyone to feel welcomed and celebrated.” From 8am there will be free family entertainment and children’s activities, including music from Alex Wayne, face painting, a petting zoo, minigolf, lawn games, craft activities, a sheepdog demonstration, a street parade and the Just Cruizin Street Machiners car display. The formalities get under way at 9.30am with the official Australia Day awards ceremony, which will include the presentation of the community citizen of the year awards and the Shire of Waroona meritorious community service awards. The event will also house a “quiet zone” featuring beanbags and noise cancelling headphones to cater for those who may experience sensory overload or wish to take a break from the large crowds. Lake Clifton residents can also make the most of a free breakfast at the Lake Clifton Community Hall between 8am and 10am where a range of family friendly games will be available, while those in Preston Beach are invited to a barbecue lunch at the Preston Beach Community Centre from 12.30pm. Those attending all events are reminded to bring water and wear sunscreen on the day to keep sun safe. Anyone seeking further information on any of the events is encouraged to visit the Shire’s website.