Auslan first for Australia Day

Australia Day history will be made in Albury on Friday when the entire official ceremony will be delivered in Auslan (Australian Sign Language) for the first time.

In conjunction with the 2018 Australian Deaf Games currently being hosted in Albury Wodonga, nationally accredited Auslan interpreters will provide the service to the community as well as the many deaf athletes, families and friends expected to attend.

Mayor Kevin Mack said the Welcome to Country, citizenship ceremony and Albury Awards presentations would all be interpreted in Auslan.

“Even the national anthem will be delivered with the help of the 1st Wodonga Scouts group who have learned to sign the anthem,” he said.

“We’re really excited and honoured to be able to do this for the first time ever and to acknowledge the Deaf Games athletes as well as our deaf community in general.”

Chair of the Australian Deaf Games organising committee, Alex Jones, will present a keynote speech as part of the day.

The Albury City Band will kick off proceedings from 9am with official activities to start at 10am with the flag-raising ceremony conducted by local Defence Force personnel.