TRARALGON LIONS CLUB

Traralgon Lions Club, Traralgon, Victoria, Australia, District 201V3

Australia Day Breakfast

Our club has believed in celebrating Australia Day for many years. We held many small Barbeques in a variety of places including Kay Street Gardens and Victory and Newman Parks until we fully realised the potential of the Day and approached the then Traralgon City Council in 1991 with the suggestion that they support us with an event for all local citizens. Our idea was that this would take the form of a Barbeque breakfast held in the Kay Street Gardens.

Council provided funding for the Breakfast and, with the help of the nearby Post Office providing power for the toasters, our Australia Day Breakfast and Flag Raising was born. With the enthusiastic support of the Traralgon Community, we rapidly outgrew the Kay Street site and looked to Victory Park to continue the celebrations.

Latrobe City Council has continued support for the celebrations and the event now has City-wide significance with breakfasts being served in various other centres throughout Latrobe.

The Traralgon City band has attended every Australia Day since 1991, as has a group from the local ATC Cadets to raise the flag. We have also been fortunate to have the support of various local singers and Woolworths have provided Australia Day Ambassadors to speak at the event.

This year (2016) coincided with a "long" weekend, so crowds were down a little but we still served breakfast to about 1600 hungry souls.

After the Flag Raising Ceremony and National Anthem, many people set off on the Australia Day Heart Walk. Those that remained were entertained by the Traralgon City Band.

This event remains an important part of our contribution to the Traralgon community and we thank the Latrobe City Council for their continued support.