Settlement Day on Kangaroo Island to be rescheduled due to COVID-19

SPRUCING UP: Advance Kingscote volunteers working hard to prepare Pioneer Memorial Park in preparation for Settlement Day, Tuesday, July 27. Photo supplied

SPRUCING UP: Advance Kingscote volunteers working hard to prepare Pioneer Memorial Park in preparation for Settlement Day, Tuesday, July 27. Photo supplied

Settlement Day on KI has been postponed due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Normally held on Tuesday, July 27, the event this year was going to be held at the Pioneers Memorial, Esplanade. Normally the ceremony is held down at the old mulberry tree at Reeves Point.

After the seven-day lockdown was announced by the state government on Tuesday, the council decided to postpone Settlement Day with the new date for the ceremony to be announced.

Following the lack of a quorum last week due to councillors being sick or away, the July meeting of the KI Council has been shifted to Thursday, July 22 from 11am to 4pm, and the Young Achiever Award winner was to be decided at this meeting. This meeting will now go ahead via a Zoom internet hook-up.

Prior to the COVID restrictions, volunteers from the Advance Kingscote Progress Association had been sprucing up Pioneer park for the event.

Mayor Michael Pengilly was to have made a Settlement Day Ceremony welcome speech, followed by a short speech from a KICE student representative council about what Settlement Day means to them, and then singing the National Anthem by the choir.

Colin Routley, vice president of the KI Pioneers Association, was going to give a speech followed by the Young Achiever of the Year Award announcement. There are no citizenship ceremonies this year on KI.

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