Melbourne Council Considers Aus Day Changes

Darebin thinking of indigenous Aussies

Melbourne Council Considers Aus Day Changes

Image: Darebin Council 

It's not the first time we have heard whispers about changes to Australia Day but Darebin Council could be set to shake things up.

Moreland council failed to make similar changes less than a month ago but Darebin is now flagging a move to its citizenship ceremony from January 26, out of respect to indigenous Australians.

The council, north of the city, covers Bundoora, Kingsbury, Macleod, Fairfield, Alphington, Northcote, Preston, Reservoir, Coburg and Thornbury, and it is also looking at renaming its Australia Day Awards.

The council says a survey was distributed to an advisory committee asking what they thought.

The citizenship ceremony on that day could be replaced by an event acknowledging indigenous Australian suffering.

Mayor Kim Le Cerf said the council has been talking to the Wurundjeri Council about a possible date change.

Right across Australia there is plenty of debate about how Australia Day can be made more inclusive, to bring everyone in the country together in the spirit of respect and recognition.

The public is also invited to submit their thoughts, until August 24.