How will you be celebrating Australia Day this year? Take your pick from the many activities happening in Campbelltown, Camden and Wollondilly on Thursday the 26th.
Residents are invited to an afternoon of delicious food, carnival rides, community displays and Australiana-themed kids’ activities at Koshigaya Park from 4pm to 9pm.
The Wonderdogs – a talented team of Border Collies led by trainer Kelly Gill – will entertain the crowd with their amazing tricks at 5.30pm and 6.30pm, while local musicians will play throughout the evening from the main stage.
“It’s also an important day to recognise the extraordinary contributions of people in our community who help to make Campbelltown the fantastic place that it is when we announce the Australia Day Award winners,” Mayor of Campbelltown George Greiss said.
These will be celebrated at a civic ceremony at the Greg Percival Community Centre, Ingleburn at 9am. Several new Australians will receive their citizenship at a ceremony afterwards.
The Australia Day Ambassador is the very inspirational Clyde Campbell AM who founded Shake It Up Australia Foundation with one mission – to increase awareness and funding in Australia targeted at finding better treatments and ultimately a cure for Parkinson’s.
Following some roving entertainment from 9 to10am on Argyle Street, the much-loved Macarthur Lions Australia Day Street Parade makes a comeback until 11am.
“While it was a shame we couldn’t be together to celebrate Australia Day in person last year, it just makes the times we can be together even more special – which is what this year will feel like for me,” Mayor of Camden, Therese Fedeli said
The Australia Day Awards and Citizen Ceremony will be held at Camden Civic Centre at 11.15am where the Australia Day Awards winners will be announced, followed by Camden’s first Citizenship Ceremony for 2023, which will welcome more than 60 residents as they take their pledge to be true-blue Aussies.
The Australia Day Ambassador is Jason Sotiris, who created a superhero medical garment called the ‘supertee’ after his daughter Angela was diagnosed with a rare type of cancer.
Veteran Aussie entertainer Warren Kermond OAM has been announced as the Australia Day Ambassador for Wollondilly.
“We are looking forward to seeing him on stage and we’re honoured to have such a well-travelled entertainer as our Australia Day Ambassador,” Mayor of Wollondilly Matt Gould said.
Mr Kermond has been involved with Variety the Children’s Charity since 1989 and is now an international ambassador and honorary life member of Variety NSW. He is also Chairman of the Australian Entertainment MO Awards.
The day’s celebrations will be held in the Picton Botanic Gardens from 8am to 12 noon and will feature the return of the popular Mayoral Children’s Fishing Competition together with lots of other children’s activities, free BBQ breakfast & lunch, market stalls, food trucks and live music.
The formal part of the morning will include the Citizenship Ceremony, Australia Day Awards and Veterans Parade.