Macarthur will welcome sportspersons, an artist and a rapper as ambassadors this Australia Day, when the region will celebrate the valuable contributions local residents make to our community.
International skating sensation Amar Hadid has been announced as the 2024 Camden Australia Day Ambassador, and is once again thrilled to speak about what she loves most about being Australian and representing Australia on the world stage in skateboarding events.
25-year-old Ms Hadid is also a rapper, with a passionate belief that engagement is the answer to international hope and sustainable equality for women, sports, education and a healthier world.
Camden Council will celebrate the day with the ever so popular Macarthur Lions Street Parade and some pre-parade roving entertainment to warm up the crowd.
Campbelltown will hear from Junior International Athletics Champion, Bryce Collins, at its civic ceremony at Greg Percival Community Centre from 9am to 10am, followed by two citizenship ceremonies.
Since starting at age 10 in Little Athletics, Mr Collins forged his way to 400m Hurdles successes, placing 17th in the world at the World Junior Championships 2014. He now uses his significant achievements to inspire other young people to do their best.
Following the morning’s ceremonies, Campbelltown locals are encouraged to grab their picnic chairs head to Koshigaya Park from 4pm for an evening of live entertainment, food trucks, free carnival rides and a fireworks display at 9pm.
“Australia Day is a time of reflection and celebration for our community, highlighting our diverse community here in Campbelltown and across Australia,” Mayor of Campbelltown George Greiss said.
“This year’s celebration promises to be a great family event, with fantastic live performances, delicious food and plenty of family entertainment.”
Kids’ activity stations are planned throughout the event, including a special Bluey meet and greet, featuring characters from the popular television series and the Australian Reptile Show, showcasing a selection of Australian native animals.
Stage entertainment includes 3 Way Split (5.10pm), The Rubber Band (6.10pm), Susannah Mirana’s Olivia-Newton John tribute show, We Honestly Love You (7.10pm), and a powerful finale from The Australian Rock Trilogy (8.10pm).
Popular Australian artist and curator, Yianni Johns will be joining the Australia Day events and activities in Wollondilly, as the Shire celebrates at the Picton Botanic Gardens with a Citizenship ceremony followed by a morning of fun family friendly activities and the customary free BBQ from 8am to 12 noon.
It is his 14th year as an Australia Day ambassador, Mr Johns believes that Australia Day is a time for all Australians to reflect, respect and celebrate.
“Today, I encourage everyone to share a bit about their story, listen to the stories of others and celebrate with the people around you. Because we are all part of the story,” he said in his address last year in Lockhart.
He spoke about how his father had migrated to Australia from Greece, worked as a yardman, in a pub, in a Greek café, all the time, building up businesses.
Mr Johns said, “One Australia Day, after 35 years, Dad got Australian citizenship. I told him he was slack, but he replied ‘I couldn’t fill in the bloody form!’”
Wollondilly Council’s festivities will begin with an Aboriginal Smoking Ceremony and include the Veterans Flag Parade, Kids rides, Reptile Display, Thomas the Tank trackless train and free lamingtons.