Another Vic council scraps Australia Day ceremonies

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Another Victorian council has voted to stop recognising January 26 as Australia Day.

Geelong City Council on Tuesday night instead resolved to use the date to acknowledge First Nations peoples through cultural events and activities in the region.

Citizenship ceremonies will no longer take place on January 26, instead being held within three days it.

The council sought community feedback ahead of its decision, with about 68 per cent of survey respondents saying change was needed. 

Geelong councillors have also vowed to advocate on behalf of the community for the federal government to change the date.

The latest vote came after Merri-bek Council in Melbourne's north decided to recognise January 26 as a day of mourning.

Yarra and Darebin councils in 2017 voted to stop holding citizenship ceremonies on Australia Day, while Melbourne City Council said it would urge the federal government to change the date.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has vocalised support for Australia Day but he last year scrapped a controversial rule forcing councils to run citizenship ceremonies on January 26.

The former Liberal government introduced the change, meaning councils would be stripped of their right to host citizenship ceremonies if they didn't hold the event on January 26.