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Main Street Mornington was teeming with proud citizens waving Australian flags as they cheered on their local heroes in the 2014 Hillview Quarries Australia Day Street Parade on Sunday.

RPP FM presenters and personalities Bob Phillips, Judy Banks-Phillips and Pete Smedley with his roving mic, entertained the crowd with a ‘live to air’ commentary as the parade marched past the RPP FM Marquee. 

Before the parade Mornington Peninsula Shire Mayor Councillor Antonella Celi took time out of her busy schedule to talk with Bob & Judy on air.

You could hear the passion in Cr Celi’s voice as she explained how Australia Day on the Peninsula gets bigger and better each year bringing people together from all walks of life. It’s a real celebration. “The MP Shire and it’s staff have done an outstanding job,” Cr Celi said and continued to thank the Australia Day Committee members, Parade Director Cindy Last and RPP FM local radio for being part of the parade every year, broadcasting the action live.

On the Peninsula, 68 people from 15 countries took their citizens pledge to become an Australian at the Shire’s Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony held in Rosebud which Cr Celi attended.

Part of Australia Day celebrations is to name local outstanding citizens and a community group who receive the 2014 Mornington Peninsula Shire Australia Day Awards, announced by Cr Celi. They are:

Citizen of the Year – Leading Senior Constable Mr Mick Mears
Young Citizen of the Year – Tim Thomaidis
Community Event of the Year – Hastings Community House World Record Snake Day

The Parade concluded at Mornington Park where the Flag Raising Ceremony took place, addressed by Australia Day Ambassador Mr Simon McKeon AO, and 2011 Australian of the Year.

The Australia Day Parade totalled 47 participants which included Theatre groups, sporting clubs, the 5th/6th Royal Victoria Regiment Pipes & Drums Band, Frankston RSL Pipes & Drums Band, Morris Minor cars and so much more.

Our appreciation is extended to all emergency services who formed a significant part of the parade including Victoria Police, Mornington & Mt Martha CFA, SES, Paramedics, Red Cross and Life Saving and Rescue organisations that make our communities a better, safer and liveable place to live.

The parade highlighted the ‘coming together’ of communities that reflect and enhance the importance of it’s people.

Thank you to Station Manager Brendon Telfer and the RPP FM team who worked behind the scenes and contributed their time to broadcast a pleasurable and enjoyable event. 

Pictured: Roving Reporter Pete Smedley with three really really tall girls who took part in the Hillview Quarries Australia Day Street Parade
Insert: Morningon Peninsula Mayor Councellor Antonella Celi during her interview on RPP FM with Bob & Judy at the Street Parade.

Words Debra Mar
Photography Rab Siddhi