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Australia Day at Bayside Council

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Australia Day means a lot to many of us Aussies with some of us celebrating and many of us having barbecues and the like. From 1946, the 26th January was named Australia Day in all states and territories. Since 1994, the Australia Day public holiday has been on 26th January throughout the country. Australia Day stands for the day of colonisation, This year, the 26th is a Saturday and the official public holiday will be on the Monday 28th January 2019.

Australia Day is actually the anniversary of the first fleet from Britain, which landed in Sydney Cove. Many Australians consider this day with much national pride and you will see many people flying the Australian flag from businesses, homes and on their cars. Many of us will attend festivals, watch fireworks, community and sporting events or gather for family barbecues at homes, in parks or even on the beach. If you are not familiar with the events/reasons for Australia Day you can learn more by clicking on this link.

On this day, many people become citizens of Australia at various Citizenship Ceremonies across the nation. Also on this day, our government awards the Order of Australia to selected Australians. This award is an Australian society of honour for giving recognition to Australian citizens for their achievement or meritorious service.

The Bayside Council will have its official Australia Day ceremony from 8:15 am. There will be a Welcome to Country, Didgeridoo performance, Flagraising, Community awards and a Citizenship Ceremony. Then from 10.00 am there will be a FREE community sausage sizzle and lamington making, as well as hula hoop demonstrations and the Party Starters band.

This year, they will also have the Traditional Aboriginal Dancers performing Diramu at 12 noon. For more information please call Customer Service on 1300 581 299.

There is no need to register to attend this free community event but by registering, you will be kept up to date on the event. You can register here.

The Bayside Citizen of the Year Award is for those who have made an extraordinary contribution to this community. The award is to recognise the outstanding contributions made by an individual to the local community in the areas of community services, charitable work, education/school development, environment, arts and culture, sport, or humanitarian initiatives that enhance the quality of life for residents.

Nominations for 2019 are now closed and award winners will be announced at the 2019 Australia Day event. There are three categories this year and they are:

Citizen of the Year
Young Citizen of the Year (25 years or under)
Sportsperson of the Year

The event will run from 8.15 am until 1.00 pm on Saturday 26th January and it will be held at Depena Reserve, Russell Avenue, Dolls Point.

There will also be another event on this day and it will be Australia Day Fun @ Botany Aquatic Centre, Corner of Myrtle Street and Jasmine Street, Botany. This will be on from 10.00 am to 3.00 pm, and is a FREE event.

Here you can participate in free games from 10.00 am and free inflatables from 11.00 am. There will be food for you to buy at the kiosk, however, you could also bring along a picnic (no glass please).

The cost of this event is the entry fee to the pool:

Adult - $6.50
Child (under 15yrs) - $4.50
Aged pensioner - local resident $0
Concession (pension card and seniors card) - $4
Family, 2 adults & 2 children - $19

You do not need to register for this event, however, if you do you will receive updates on events. Click on this link.
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Why? For celebrations for Australia Day
When: 26th January 2019
Where: Depena Reserve, Russell Avenue Dolls Point, NSW 2219
Cost: FREE
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