Modern Australia should be appreciated, while it's still around.

With all the conjecture mainstream media has smothered its consumers with over the past few weeks, it’s easy to forget there’s plenty of positives to be acknowledging on our national day.

Labelling the occasion ‘a day of celebration’ or ‘a day or mourning’ doesn’t change our attitudes or actions on January 26.

Most people make of it what they will, and most people in our region see Australia Day for what it has become – a public holiday to do what we do best, letting their hair down and enjoying the lifestyle of a modern Australia.

The Burrumbuttock Hay Run has become an MIA Australia Day tradition, where farmers and truckies use their days off to do something meaningful to help their fellow farmers.

Australia Day ambassadors, usually notable Australians themselves, spread the good word of what our country is today, and how we can better contribute to what’s come a wide-land of vibrant and unique communities.

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Their speeches are a worthy entree to the local council Australia Day awards ceremonies, which raise a platform for deserving residents.

These are the residents earning reward some of the community’s most influential and positive acts throughout the previous 12 months.

That’s what Australia is about.

Helping out your mates.

And doing your best to give everyone a fair go.

GIVING: Former Leeton resident Brendan Farrell and a raft of fellow farmers and truckies use Australia Day to help drought-stricken farms.

GIVING: Former Leeton resident Brendan Farrell and a raft of fellow farmers and truckies use Australia Day to help drought-stricken farms.

Embracing what we have rather than focusing on what’s missing.

Australia is the envy of the world – rich, pretty and fun.

And there’s billions of people who’d happily sit in our places to embrace what our country is today.

So it’s important we recognise what makes this place so popular, and strive to maintain our unique and envied way of life for generations to come.

It’s easy to dwell on the past, and focus on the most influential positive and negative aspects of our country’s history making Australia what it is today.

But our country is ultimately still in its infancy, with many more pages to be filled.

Enjoy Australia for what it is now, because who knows what the future will bring.

Congratulations to all of Griffith and the MIA Australia Day award winners, and happy Australia Day!