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Canberra's Australia Day concert cancelled

AAP logoAAP 23/08/2016

The Australia Day concert held on the lawns of Parliament House in Canberra will be no more.

The National Australia Day council has written to ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr informing him the yearly outdoor event has been cancelled, Fairfax Media reports on Wednesday.

Instead, the annual awards ceremony will be held inside parliament's Great Hall, with the council's new CEO indicating bad weather this year played a part in the decision.

The Northern Territory's chief minister welcomed news of the cancellation of the concert , saying it should be a rotating regional event.

"Most definitely Australia Day is about Australia, not Canberra; it should be promoted as a regional event," NT Chief Minister Adam Giles said from Alice Springs.

"I would happily support it coming to the NT and being held with the backdrop of Uluru, Alice Springs, Katherine Gorge, or our fantastic north Australian capital of Darwin," Mr Giles said.

"But a rotating regional concert, a different location each year, is exactly what should be undertaken."

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