The Eastern foreshore was filled with Mandurah families this morning, who gathered to celebrate Australia Day and recognise individuals and groups that have made a positive contribution to the community.
Mandurah MP David Templeman emceed the event for his 27th year in a row.
“You wouldn’t believe it, but the first time I did the event I was 25,” he told the Mandurah Mail. “I’ve done it every year since!”
Mr Templeman said he liked seeing the new Australian citizens inducted each year.
“They are from all walks of life,” he said. “It’s great to see their sheer joy when they get their citizenship.”
Mandurah City freeman and local elder Harry Nannup did the Welcome to County and shared some touching words.
“I’ve been a citizen of this country for a long time,” he said. “Mandurah’s my town, my country and I wouldn’t like to live anywhere else in the world.
“A lot of people go all over the world to see beautiful countries – but we got the most beautiful place right here. Why would I want to go anywhere else?”