Australian High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam Todd Mercer hosted 200 Australians for a BBQ over the weekend, to mark Australia’s national day.
Children enjoyed a jumping castle and other entertainment, while their parents tucked in to a feast of Aussie lamb and beef donated by Meat and Livestock Australia and Tiara Maju Foods (Brunei). The Radisson Hotel also donated the grand prize for the lucky draw.
Officially falling on January 26, Australia Day is a time when Aussies around the world get together for a relaxing day of good food and good company – if only there was a beach at the High Commissioner’s residence it would have been a perfect Australia Day!
The day is also a chance to celebrate what it means to be Australian – particularly when living abroad like the Brunei-Australian community.
In his remarks at the gathering, the High Commissioner noted, “Australia Day is a day for all Australians – whatever their background. Our multicultural nation and our acceptance of diversity is one of the things that makes Australia great. It is also a day to reflect on our national journey: acknowledge our past, rejoice in the present and look confidently to our future. A day to celebrate our people, land, diversity, and the freedom we all enjoy, and recommit to making Australia an even better place.”
If you are an Australian citizen or permanent resident living in Brunei, be sure to register with the High Commission to ensure you are included into future events such as Australia Day, he urged.