A cracking Australia Day at Dundurrabin
By ADRIAN MILLER
THE lamb was roasting nicely on the spit, the pumpkin scones and lamingtons were perfectly prepared and the Australian flags were out in force as Dundurrabin hosted the stereotypically perfect Australia Day celebrations yesterday.
More than 100 people converged on the tiny village, situated 85 kilometres south-west of Grafton along the Armidale Road, to celebrate all that it means to be Australian.
Residents from all over the Clarence Valley, and some from places such as Dorrigo, converged on Dundurrabin for a flag raising ceremony, a plaque unveiling and even a whip-cracking demonstration.
Standing outside the mud-brick Dundurrabin Community Centre on a playground cubby-house in a sandpit, the Clarence Valley Council Mayor Ian Tiley welcomed people to the celebration and spoke about what Australia Day meant to him.
"It's about recognising our past, about enjoying the present and anticipating with great hope our future," he said.
Clarence Valley ambassador Jennie Brand-Miller said she was honoured and humbled to be part of the celebrations and implored everyone to remember how lucky they were to be Australian.
But the celebrations weren't reserved just for the nation, with a plaque unveiled and tree planted to honour local resident Janet McLennan, who ran the nearby Tyringham Store for 42 years before her death in October 2003.
And to truly round out Australia Day, local group the Whiskey Road Band belted out classic Aussie hits long into the afternoon.