The Spirit of Australia – 2020 Australia Day Flag Raising Ceremony

The Spirit of Australia – 2020 Australia Day Flag Raising Ceremony

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The Public are invited to attend this year’s Port of Yamba Historical Society Australia Day Ceremony featuring guest speaker Maya Johnson.

The event will take place at Yamba Museum, River Street Yamba – next to Yamba Golf and Country Club.
Guest speaker

Maya is a Year 12 student at Maclean High School. She is studying Advanced English and in 2019 she won two competitions: Rotary Public Speaking Competition, and the Lions Club Youth of the Year Public Speaking section.

Maya Johnson

 Guest Speaker Maya Johnson


Many locals will know Maya from her years of competition dancing, across all genres. Yet for this Australia Day event, her strong interest in politics both nationally and internationally, and the impact on Australia of climate change, has motivated her to prepare a special address for the Historical Society. Media discussion about the recent devastation by bushfires has alerted her to “the role of politicians…what they have to do to respond to a such an horrific event … it’s been so massive that we all need to consider the cause and effect.”
The program
8:30am Music by Paul and Anne Commerford and Rob Imeson

9:00am Welcome by President Lesley Pickering

9:05am Welcome to Country by Yaegl Elder Rosie Vesper

9:10am Flag Raising – Graeme East, Mark Maunsell, Paul Stephen

9:15am Singing of National Anthem

9:20am Key Address by Maya Johnson

9:30am Song by Rob Imeson

9:40am Conclusion

9:45am Refreshments – tea and coffee, damper with butter/golden syrup.
Yamba Museum and exhibition Birds of the Clarence by Gladys O’Grady in The Old Kirk are open for FREE on Australia Day from 10am till 12 noon.

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Yamba Museum
River Street, Yamba
PO Box 100 Yamba NSW 2464
02 6646 1399

Opening Hours

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis
The museum opening hours for 2021 are:

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursday
2m - 4.30pm
Saturday and Sunday
2pm - 4.30pm

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