australia day

On Australia Day we come together as a nation to celebrate what's great about Australia and being Australian. It's the day to reflect on what we have achieved and what we can be proud of in our great nation. It's the day for us to re-commit to making Australia an even better place for the future.

Australia Day, 26 January, is the anniversary of the arrival of the First Fleet of 11 convict ships from Great Britain, and the raising of the Union Jack at Sydney Cove by its commander Captain Arthur Phillip, in 1788 (you can read a comprehensive history of the evolution of Australia Day here).

Though 26 January marks this specific event, today Australia Day celebrations reflect contemporary Australia: our diverse society and landscape, our remarkable achievements and our bright future. It also is an opportunity to reflect on our nation's history, and to consider how we can make Australia an even better place in future.

On Australia Day, over half of the nation’s population attend either an organised community event, or get together with family and friends with the intention of celebrating our national day. Many more spend the public holiday relaxing with family and friends.

Yet Australia Day is much more than barbeques and fireworks. It is more than another public holiday. It is more than the pride and excitement of new citizens who call themselves Australian for the first time on 26 January after being conferred citizenship.

At its core, Australia Day is a day driven by communities, and the celebrations held in each town, suburb or city – unified by the celebration of what’s great about Australia and being Australian – are the foundation of its ongoing success.

Baby Tree Program

Each year, on Australia Day, the Shire plants a Boab tree along the avenue to swim beach and in the reserve next to the Wyndham Shire Administration Office.

A plaque is then installed with all the registered baby’s names and dates of birth that were born within the Shire, the previous year. Families are also given a boab seedling to take home and plant in their own gardens.

Registrations now open for the 2017 Baby Tree Program

Did you give birth to a baby within the Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley on or after 1 January 2017, or are expecting with a due date on or before the 31 December 2017?

Are you interested in having your child’s name listed on a plaque along with others from the same year, where a Boab Tree will be planted in celebration?

To register your child, please visit the Wyndham or Kununurra Shire Office or  complete the Baby Tree Registration Form and return to the Shire’s Community Development Officer on or before 19 December 2017.

Participants will be invited to attend the annual Baby Tree Ceremonies held within Kununurra and Wyndham on Australia Day, Friday 26 January 2018.

NOTE:  Completed registrations must be received on or before 19 December 2017. For children born between 19 December and 31st December, a notification will be sent out for registrations in early January 2018.  Please note, incomplete registrations will not be accepted.

Baby Tree Registration Form

For Further information, please contact the Shire’s Community Development Officer on 9168 4100 or mail@swek.wa.gov.au