City welcomes Bicentenary ambassadors

Published on Tuesday, 8 March 2022 at 1:43:36 PM

Today the City of Albany welcomes its newly appointed Bicentenary Ambassadors with a civic function at the Town Hall as the community’s journey to 2026 officially commenced.

With the Bicentenary of Albany four years away, the City has enlisted the experience, knowledge and skillsets of Albany residents to play a key role in informing the planning and programming for 2026.

Mayor of Albany Dennis Wellington said multiple communities and sectors within Albany are represented among the Bicentenary Ambassadors.

“Our history is incredibly rich and diverse, from our Menang-Noongar culture and their centuries old connection to country, through to the more recent Anzac history and our vibrant arts, culture and heritage sectors,” he said.

“The Bicentenary is an opportunity to come together as a whole community to reflect on our past, connect with culture and recognise the strong and vibrant community Albany is today.

“Milestones such as 2026 are a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to create lasting legacies for places and communities, and our Bicentenary ambassadors will have the opportunity to contribute to defining what this legacy looks like for Albany.”

Chief Executive Officer Andrew Sharpe said expectations for the Bicentenary were high following the success of the Anzac Centenary and Field of Light experience.

“Those events really demonstrated how our community can unite and we’re looking forward to working with our community again on the Bicentenary,” he said.

“We are excited about what we as a community can achieve in 2026 because we know in Albany anything is possible, and we thank the ambassadors who have come on board to work with us on this very important occasion.”

The Bicentenary Ambassadors were appointed through an Expression of Interest process and endorsed by Council.

Their role is to work with the City of Albany, stakeholders and consultants to support collating the ideas, aspirations and needs of the community and various sectors that will inform the Bicentenary.

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