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More pubs move away from traditional Australia Day celebrations

More pubs move away from traditional Australia Day celebrations
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The native pub has historically been seen as central to many Australia Day celebrations. But as debate continues across the January 26 date, some publicans are actually weighing up how you can greatest mark the divisive day.

The group behind Sydney’s Erskineville Hotel, also often called ‘The Erko’, say they won’t be celebrating Australia Day out of respect for First Nations people.

“We’re treating it as Invasion day,” responsibility supervisor Seamus Quinn told 9news.com.au.

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“We’re obviously not having any flags.

“We’ll be performing some fundamental public vacation cocktail specials, however we’re not celebrating Australia Day.”

Staff at the pub have also decided that extra money they make tomorrow for working on the public holiday will be donated to a local women’s shelter.

The management behind Taylor Group, who runs Torquay Hotel, Barwon Head Hotel and Grovedale Hotel in south-west Victoria, have taken a similar standpoint with Australia day.

It has announced there will be no entertainment at any of the venues tomorrow because it “recognises that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people contemplate Thursday, January twenty sixth as a day of mourning moderately than a day of celebration”.

“With this in thoughts, we is not going to be working leisure on this day. Our eating places and bars will all be open for lunch and dinner as per standard,” the group has shared on its Facebook pages.

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Taylor Group was contacted for comment.

In Brisbane, The Plough Inn is continuing to host its annual ‘Rib Eating Comp’ accompanied by live music on January 26.

But the event is no longer being marketed around Australia Day, having moved away from a focus on Australia Day celebrations.

A spokesperson for the pub said the decision not to advertise Australia Day was due to a company-wide shift that took place in 2020.

But plenty of venues are still choosing to host Australia Day events.

One of them is the Mount Moriac Pub in south-west Victoria, where there will be live music, a petting zoo and a meat raffle.

Manager Ally Foot said celebrating the public holiday was something the pub did every year, with 2023 to be bigger because it marks the one-year anniversary of the outdoor area opening.

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“We’re simply celebrating (Australia Day) as a result of it is what we have at all times carried out. We get pleasure from placing occasions on and everybody enjoys it,” she said.

“It’s simply one thing that almost all country pubs do.”

Foot said the business advertising its plans for the day had been very well received.

”We’ve had actually, actually optimistic suggestions on it. We truly have not had any adverse suggestions on it.

“Everyone is really pumped.”

Foot said she understood that celebrating Australia Day was not for everybody.

“I think everyone is entitled to their own opinion,” she said.

“Those who choose to celebrate Australia Day are welcome to join us, if not, then they don’t have to, but the option is there.”

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