Initial planning has started to ensure there is an Australia Day function in Taree next year.
It will be organised by three Taree-based Rotary clubs along with Taree Lions and Quota.
This follows the decision by MidCoast Council to have the official Australia Day function at Forster in conjunction with the Saltwater Freshwater Festival. Council had previously organised the Taree event.
This meant Taree would not have had an Australia Day function unless a community group became involved. This was revealed in a Manning River Times front page report on October 16.
The venue for the Taree Australia Day function has yet to be determined although it will be either on the riverbank or Club Taree. The 2019 event was at Club Taree.
No decision has yet been made on what awards will be available.
This will be determined following consultation with council. Citizen of the year, young citizen of the year, event of the year and the sportstar of the year awards have traditionally been presented - the sportstar of the year in conjunction with the Manning River Times.
Nominations for the awards are provided by the community.
Spokeswomen for the organsing group, Rhonda Futterleib said she was 'horrified' at the prospect of Taree not having an Australia Day celebration.
She said Valley Industries, Club Taree, Saxby's Soft Drinks and the Manning River Times have offered to support the function. However, Rhonda confirmed that the service clubs' commitment to assisting the bushfire appeal will impact on the time members can spend on organising the Australia Day ceremony.