Fair dinkum reason to celebrate

AS THE city gears up to celebrate Australia Day this weekend, one

Griffith girl has extra reason to party.

Emily Fanani turns 10 on Sunday and she doesn’t mind sharing the occasion with our country’s national day one bit.

There is bound to be the odd sausage sanger and lamington on offer, but it’s her music-inspired cake

and friends that she is looking forward to most.

“It’s good to have my birthday on Australia Day,” she said.

“I’m having my first sleep-over with my three best friends and I can’t wait.”

Meanwhile the rest of Griffith will show their Aussie pride at the Griffith Regional Theatre,

when 28 people from 12 different countries take the oath to become citizens.

The presentation of the prestigious Australia Day awards will follow.

Well-known sports broadcaster Peter Wilkins is Griffith’s ambassador this year.

Australia Day committee chairwoman Christine Stead said she is looking forward to the day, which

will see the awards and citizenship ceremony move to the theatre for the first time.

“The committee and I are looking forward to using two of our council facilities this year,” she


“By the looks of the weather, it should be a great day.

“Along with all of the nominations and

citizenship ceremony, it should be a jam-packed morning.

“I’m really happy to have Peter Wilkins as our ambassador because a lot of our nominations are

in the sports categories this year. What better way to recognise our sportspeople than to have Peter


Following the official part of proceedings, light Aussie-themed refreshments, supplied by

Soroptimist International, will be served in the foyer.

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