A rally for people who support changing the date of Australia Day will be held in North-West Tasmania for the first time.
The Invasion Day rally will be held in Devonport, a city governed by the only council in the North-West to not host an Australia Day celebration on January 26.
Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre chief executive Heather Sculthorpe said the launch of the North-West event followed increasing support of the annual Invasion Day rally in Hobart.
“The support is big enough now for us to be able to cater for two separate rallies,” she said.
“More recently, we’ve been talking to many of the local councils, so we know there’s a lot of support there as well,” she said.
A recent study commissioned by think tank The Australia Institute found 84 per cent of Australians believe its important to have a national day of celebration but 56 per cent don’t care when it’s held.
The study also found 77 per cent of people incorrectly believed Australia Day had always occurred on January 26, the date the First Fleet landed in Sydney Cove.
Six Rivers Corporation co-chairman Dave Mangenner Gough said one of the aims of the Devonport rally was to educate people, particularly those who are undecided about the issue.
“I want people to understand we’re not trying to take away Australia Day,” he said.
“We’re trying to make it more inclusive and we’re trying to take it from a date that’s disrespectful to Aboriginal people.”
Mr Gough said there should be “no fear” about changing the date because it’s been done before.
“It would actually be a great celebration on the day the date is changed,” he said.
The Invasion Day rally will be held at Roundhouse Park, 12pm January 26.