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Curtin Sarawak Australia Day Celebrations

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I attended the Curtin Sarawak Australia Day celebration in Miri on Saturday 25 January 2014. Staff of the university and their families, students and members of the community gathered over a sausage sizzle barbecue event held on campus. The event kicked off with speeches from Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Dr George Chan, Chairman of the Curtin Sarawak Council, Karen Welsh from the Australian High Commission in Kuala Lumpur and Curtin Sarawak’s Pro Vice-Chancellor, Professor Jim Mienczakowksi. They shared what Australia Day meant to them, highlighted the dynamic relationship between Malaysia and Australia, and alluded to the importance of the Australian "give it a good go" outlook on life. Following the speeches, Australian eucalyptus and gum tree seedlings were planted to mark the occasion.

The food was great, a good old fashioned lucky draw and also an extensive playlist by Australian artists playing in the background - the likes of John Farham, INXS, Met at Work, Peter Allen, and I believe even a few tunes by Slim Dusty.

Australia Day, often a day for official community events and citizenship ceremonies to welcome new immigrants, is celebrated in many ways. These come to mind as quintessential things to do: backyard cricket, a barbeque with mates, a day out at the beach, having a meat pie, and fishing off the jetty. Hope you had a great one! I know I did. Thank you Curtin Sarawak for the hospitality!

Here are some photographs from the event.

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Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Dr George Chan

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Karen Welsh

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Professor Jim Mienczakowksi

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