Due to current health concerns, Australia Day celebrations will be low key and mainly online around Macarthur tomorrow.
Tomorrow’s Australia Day Celebrations in Wollondilly will go ahead at Picton Botanical Gardens but have been scaled back to a controlled outdoor official ceremony with all stalls and amusement rides cancelled.
The event begins at 8.30am with a Smoking Ceremony; at 9.30am, the Highlands Pipes and Drums will lead the Veterans Flag Parade to commence the Official Ceremony.
Attendees will also get the opportunity to listen to Wollondilly’s Australia Day Ambassador John Stanley as he shares his experiences and insights as a long term broadcaster.
The Citizenship and Awards Ceremony will also be live streamed on Council’s Facebook page so people can still be involved even if they can’t attend in person.
Mayor Matt Gould said, “Although our Australia Day event will be smaller than originally planned, I’m glad that we will still be able to welcome our new citizens and acknowledge the achievements of our community during the awards ceremony.”
Campbelltown Council has made the difficult decision to cancel the upcoming Australia Day event at Koshigaya Park and hold the civic awards ceremony online, viewable on Council’s Facebook page or afterwards on its website.
“We know that there is increased burden on our health and emergency services and frontline workers at the moment due to the case numbers we are currently experiencing. It is in the best interest of the safety and wellbeing of our community for our regular Australia Day events to not go ahead this year in the usual way,” Mayor George Greiss said.
Residents are invited to celebrate some amazing locals and enjoy the Ambassador address by Australian entertainment icon Maria Venuti.
Camden Council’s Australia Day event will be held online with a packed program that includes:
- Flags Out #camdenausday campaign encouraging residents to hang an Australian flag in their window, on their letterbox or even their car, snap a photo and share it on their social media using the hashtag;
- Online whip cracking demonstration on Council’s Facebook page;
- Meat tray competition
- Follow Camden’s Australia Day Spotify playlist and tell us any songs you think should be added to the list;
- Virtual Citizenship Ceremony – welcoming 26 residents as Australia citizens.
- Special online Australia Day address by Camden’s Ambassador and Better Homes and Garden’s superstar, Graham Ross VMM on Council’s Facebook page.
Mayor of Camden, Cr Therese Fedeli said whether residents were spending the day out with family and friends or having a backyard barbecue, the online program had something for all to enjoy.
“While people may choose to celebrate Australia Day a little differently this year, we still wanted to provide our community with events and activities online to celebrate the day,” she said.