Australia Day 2021

On January 26, MARSS Australia will invite members of the Canberra community (MARSS clients) to come together to reflect, respect and celebrate – because we’re all part of the story.


Dewani Bakkum, MARSS CEO, said Australia Day 2021 will provide an important opportunity for Canberra community (MARSS clients) to reflect on the challenges of the past year, respect the sacrifices and contributions of those who responded in a time of need and celebrate being together and being Australian.


“In the past year Australia has faced immense challenges – drought, bushfire, floods and the coronavirus pandemic,” Mrs Bakkum said.


National Australia Day Council (NADC) Chief Executive Karlie Brand said the NADC had provided $8 million in grants to local government and community organisations to help make sure Australia Day events could go ahead in a COVID safe way.


“Australia Day 2021 is a day for us to respect and thank the first responders and frontline workers who worked through fire, flood and pandemic to protect life and property, to support their communities and to keep our nation going,” Mrs Bakkum said.


“We reflect on the resilience of communities and the spirit of helping, giving and supporting that defines us as Australians.


“And we celebrate our nation’s place in the world – a proud multicultural nation built on shared values that allow us to enjoy the freedoms and opportunities that other nations aspire to.”


Mrs Bakkum said Australia Day is also a day to reflect on our nation’s past – a history which began more than 65,000 years ago with the First Australians – the world’s oldest living culture.


“It is also a day on which we respect and share the stories, histories and contributions of everyday Australians, because we’re all part of the story of Australia.”


To learn more and find an Australia Day event near you, visit


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15th January, 2021



At MARSS, we are doing everything we can to help those in our community most affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Not only are we giving welfare calls to all of our past and present clients, we have also partnered with the Canberra Relief Network (CRN) among other organisations to help arrange the delivery or collection of food boxes.

If you or anyone you know is struggling financially or otherwise due to the coronavirus pandemic, don’t hesitate to call us for relief on (02) 6248 8577. All assistance is free and can be collected at the MARSS office or delivered right to your door.

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7th April, 2020