Right mixture at Brushgrove
SCOTTISH bands played, people ate Devonshire tea, rode American and Japanese motorcycles or feasted on the Irish dietary staple potato as Lower Clarence residents came together at Brushgrove yesterday to commemorate Australia Day.
Despite the foreign influence, it was a typical Australia Day scene.
People were adorned in green and gold, decorated with Australian flag clothing or face paints, were wearing thongs and shorts and there was an easy, laid-back feel. And, of course, there was the typically Australian wet weather stand-by, the tent.
Lower Clarence Australia Day ambassador, former Tamworth ABC Radio journalist John McFarlane, said the day meant different things to different people.
"I see it as an opportunity to look at our achievements over the past 200 years and to recognise our indigenous heritage," he said.
But Mr McFarlane said he did not believe enough was being done to promote pride in Australia.
"We could do a little more to engender pride in our young people.
"We live in the best country in the world and in the most inspirational period in history.
"I never cease to be amazed by the resilience of the Australian people."