National Wattle Day 2018
CPAS Visiting Fellow Dr Suzette Searle manages communications at the Wattle Day Association to celebrate National Wattle Day on 1 September each year.
Her passion for Australia's wattles began during her work as a CSIRO scientist into their use for forestry, but grew with a love for their symbolism and cultural history.
This year Dr Searle was involved in many Canberra-based activities from Friday's ceremonial planting of a Golden Wattle at the Arboretum by the Governor-General, wattle stalls, wattle walks, a Wattle Day dinner, and citizenship ceremonies at Albert Hall where sprigs of wattle were gifts to 200 new citizens plus their families and friends.
"It was a very successful but intense week," said Dr Searle.
"There has been good public engagement around Australia — more than ever before."
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