26 September 2023

Wattle they do in September?

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On the first day of September, the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C) encouraged Australians to welcome Spring with National Wattle Day.

According to the Department and the Wattle Day Association, the annual celebration commemorates the seasonal change by recognising Australia’s national floral emblem and all it represents for the Australian people.

“When in bloom, the Acacia pycnantha (Golden Wattle), displays Australia’s national colours of green and gold and is a potent symbol of unity and resilience in the face of harsh climate conditions such as droughts, winds and bushfires,” the pair agreed.

“In 1912, stylised wattle was included on the Commonwealth Coat of Arms representing Australian flora. It was proclaimed Australia’s national floral emblem on 1 September 1988.” They said.

“Featured in the design of Australian stamps, bank notes, and official awards, the wattle is a sign of remembrance and reflection.

“A single wattle blossom is also the emblem of the Order of Australia.”

The Association and PM&C said it’s been more than 30 years since the official proclamation of National Wattle Day was declared by the Governor-General on 23 June 1992.

“Since this time, National Wattle Day has become a nation-wide celebration where communities big and small get involved,” they said.

“From illuminating iconic buildings and landmarks in green and gold, planting of wattle in backyards, through to the wearing a sprig, there are many ways to celebrate Wattle Day.”

Readers of PS News are invited to visit the Wattle Day Association to access the day, or visit its national symbols resource centre to download a Golden Wattle.

The Golden Wattle and other national symbols and posters can be accessed at this PS News link.

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