Italian National Day celebrations in Perth
Politicians, entrepreneurs and notable members of the Italian community in Western Australia attended the 72nd Italian National Day celebrations last week at the Perth Town Hall.
Newly appointed Governor of Western Australia, Kim Beazley spoke proudly of the Italian presence in Western Australia and shared his appreciation for a number of local Italian businesses including Torres Butchers, D’Orsogna meats and Del Basso smallgoods. However, the Governor was quick to point out that the Italian community’s contribution extends beyond smallgoods and food and praised the Italian community’s impact on business, social welfare, mining, culture and the arts in Western Australia. Governor Beazley raised his glass to “the Italian Republic, the Italian people and our fellow Australians with Italian families”.
Italian Consul of Perth, David Balloni also delivered a passionate speech praising the courage and hard work of migrants who arrived in Australia decades ago and continued to proudly honour their country back home. “Our constitution…represents what deeply connects us even at the distance of 13,000 or so kilometres from Italy, making us all one community…Every Italian here tonight has contributed to this story”, he said. “It is evident how our culture celebrates the miracle of beauty, a tool so powerful that it can bring together every man and woman on this Earth, reminding us that we are one and equal”.
Among the many notable guests were WA Chief Justice Wayne Martin, Minister Rita Saffioti, Art Gallery of Western Australia Director Stefano Carboni, whose current exhibition, The Corsini Collection was a main talking point throughout the evening and Order of The Star of Italy recipient Maria Grazia Saraceni.
Consul of Perth, David Balloni with wife Consuelo Sensi and Order of the Star
of Italy recipient Maria Grazia Saraceni (centre).