GALLERY| Naracoorte and Lucindale celebrate Australia Day

Hundreds gathered in Naracoorte and Lucindale this morning to celebrate Australia Day.

Celebrations in Naracoorte kicked off with a delicious breakfast thanks to local service clubs.

The celebrations had a multicultural feel this year.

Tex Hill thrilled the audience with his wonderful didgeridoo playing, with partner Bec on the drums.

Next, the Naracoorte Highland Band gave the crowd a taste of Scottish culture, playing a few songs on the bagpipes.

Finishing off the performances were the Samoan dancers, who entertained the crowds with a number of traditional dances.

After the performances, Mayor Erika Vickery had the pleasure of welcoming five new citizens to Australia in a citizenship ceremony.

The new citizens came from Afghanistan, New Zealand and the Lao People's Democratic Republic.

The highlight of the day was the presentation of the Australia Day awards.

Naracoorte's Citizen of the Year was Jon Thurlow, for his dedication to soccer in Naracoorte.

Event of the year went to Dollars for Doonas/Dollars for Tanks.

A special commendation was given to all frontline workers during the coronavirus pandemic

In Lucindale, the fun continued with Tex and Bec, the Highland Band and the Samoan Dancers returning to the stage.

Citizen of the Year for Lucindale Amanda Carter accepted her award, and gave a moving speech.

Mrs Vickery presented a commendation to all the volunteers who assisted with the Blackford Fire earlier this month.

Lucindale Economic Development Board chairperson Abigail Goodman presented, and introduced Cat Williams, who read out heartfelt words about the Lucindale community and the support after the Blackford Fire, before locals shared a barbeque lunch together.