Winsome McCaughey, the second female Lord Mayor of Melbourne (1988-89), will speak at the Benalla Rural City Australia Day Awards Presentation at 11.30am on 26 January at BPACC.
Ms McCaughey served on the Melbourne City Council before taking up the position of Commissioner for the Melbourne bid for the Olympic Games for 1996. She has also served as CEO of Greening Australia, CEO for the Australiana and New Zealand Food Authority and Executive Director of the Australian Business Arts Foundation.
She is currently a Director of Seven Sisters Vineyard, which owns Baddaginnie Run Wines, and her involvement reflects Benalla’s theme for Australia Day of “Regional Harvest – celebrating our local producers.”
This guest appearance is just one part of a whole long weekend full of events, community breakfasts, flag-raising ceremonies, awards, and exhibitions on the menu for Benalla Rural City as the community prepares to celebrate Australia Day.
Events include the Benalla Rural City Australia Day Award Presentations, a pool party at Benalla Aquatic Centre, a free screening of “The Dish” at BPACC and the Benalla Migrant Camp Photographic Exhibition.
The weekend also presents a final opportunity to experience some outstanding Australian art at the Benalla Art Gallery, with the Fred Williams’ The Pilbara Series closing on 28 January, and Jack Dale’s The Kimberley closing on 30 January.
Mayor Cr Barbara Alexander said that the theme “Regional Harvest – celebrating our local producers” reflected not the bounty of what local producers grow, and the results of the hard work and commitment of many local residents to their communities.
“Right across Benalla Rural City, people will be gathering to celebrate and recognise the efforts of our residents in making their communities great places to live,” Cr Alexander said. “There are so many people doing wonderful things who donate their time to many different causes and organisations.”
Cr Alexander said that the Council was pleased to support and promote a range of Australia Day activities.
“This is an important opportunity to reflect on everything that Benalla Rural City has to offer in this wonderful nation,” she said. “It’s good for people to celebrate together, to look at where we have come from and the great people who are helping build a better future for everyone.”
See all details of Australia Day events and activities here.