The red, blue and white, as well as the green and gold, was out in force at the Adelaide Plains Council Australia Day breakfast held in Two Wells on Saturday.
More than 220 people crammed into the community centre to enjoy a delicious meal of bacon and eggs, toast, beans and sausages cooked by members of the Two Wells Lions Club and Two Wells Red Cross, all washed down with hot tea and coffee or cold juice.
While the weather warmed up outside, recognition was given to citizens and community groups across the district who had been named as this year’s Australia Day award winners.
Long-time Two Wells resident and accomplished pianist and seamstress, Glenys Middleton, was named Citizen of the Year, with Korunye teenager and cattle breeder Phoebe Eckermann, junior citizen of the year.
“We can all contribute in some way, no matter how small you may think it may be, to make a difference to our community and make it a better place to be,” Glenys said on accepting her award.
The Community Event of the Year winner was Christmas in Song, for its Christmas carol event at Mallala, while the Community Group of the Year award went to the Dublin Project Group for its efforts in preserving the history of the Windsor Hall interior.
Four new citizens were also conferred during the ceremony, with APC mayor Mark Wasley saying it was an honour to officially welcome the residents as new Australian citizens, despite some of them having lived in Australia for many years.
South Australian Australia Day Ambassador Anthony Fioravanti was also in attendance.
The current South Australian Police Superintendent of the Western District has a career spanning almost 38 years and an Italian heritage, with his grandfather migrating from Italy as a young man to start a market garden.
“I believe Australia is the land of opportunity, the land where dreams come true, the land where you can make a difference,” Mr Fioravanti said
“You only have to set your mind to it.
“The award recipients here today are a magnificent role model for people now and all those to come.
“It is through events such as Australia Day that our true sense of community is achieved.”
After official formalities had concluded many people stayed to watch the inaugural CFS Foundation Cup cricket match being played at the Two Wells Oval.
Rivalry was fierce, costumes and team colours a must, and fun the ultimate goal, as well as raising much needed funds for the CFS Foundation. Members of the Two Wells, Dublin and Mallala brigades took part in the match, with many traditional rules thrown out the window in favour of tongue-in-cheek sledging, ball tampering and on-field interference.
Later, others gathered at Middle Beach for a fun picnic and lazy afternoon by the water.
There was a sausage sizzle, sandcastle competition, egg and spoon race and plenty of water activities for kids young and old.
Across the district it looks like the essence of being Australian was well and truly celebrated. Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, Oi, Oi, Oi!