Australia Day: worth celebrating

citizenship2015bThis year’s official Australia Day celebrations start the night before, with a free screening of the epic movie Australia, in Hindmarsh Park.

The next morning, the tradition of local surf clubs organising community breakfasts on the beach continues, with events at Surf Beach, Kiama Downs and Gerringong (see below for details). Jamberoo will also have its traditional breakfast, with a visit from our Australia Day Ambassador Najeeba Wazefadost.

She will then accompany Mayor Brian Petschler and Australia Day Committee Chairman Neil Reilly to the 11am Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony in Hindmarsh Park, where she will address the audience.

Ms Wazefadost fled Afganistan with her family when she was 12. As president of Hazara Women of Australia, she is a vocal advocate for the rights of women, refugees and children in detention. She is a writer, a regular panelist on the ABC’s Q&A, a finalist in the 2013 NSW Woman of the Year Awards and has also established her own childcare business.

For this week only, the Kiama Farmers’ Market is moving its regular Wednesday market to Tuesday and staying open until 7pm to add to the atmosphere. While the market is on, there will be a surf rescue demonstration by local surf life saving clubs on the harbour at 3.30pm. There will also be buskers and games on the beach.

The day will end with a Twilight Concert in Hindmarsh Park, from 5 til 9pm.

The bill includes Jamberoo Public School Singers, the PlaySpace Vocal Ensemble, Triple Clef and Cohlaj, featuring Alicia Quinn.

Later in the evening, the Kiama Jazz & Blues Club will present Dr Don’s Double Dose, The Jacky Howellers and Sound of Koko.

Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, a previously-advertised evening lightshow has been cancelled.

Enjoy a BBQ breakfast, play some games and generally celebrate being Australian.
Coronation Park, from 7am
Featuring live music by Out of the Blue, free jumping castle, facepainting and beach volleyball. Presented by Kiama Rotary and Kiama SLSC.

Kiama Downs:
Jones Beach, 7am-11am
Presented by Kiama Downs Surf Club and Minnamurra Rotary. Featuring flag-raising, sand modelling, treasure hunt, a brickies’ relay & thong-throwing.
North Kiama Dr will be closed between Merindah Ave and Johnson St, 6.30-11.30am.

Gerringong Surf Club, 7.30-11am
Presented by Gerringong Surf Club, Gerringong Lions and Gerringong Sunrise Rotary Club
Guest speaker will be Kimberley Abbott (8am) and local band Rusty Hinges will perform.
All proceeds to the Gerringong Bush Fire Brigade and Gerringong Primary School.

Kevin Walsh Oval, 8-11.30am
Children’s games, jumping castle, classic cars and Born and Bred Vs Blow-ins touch football game at 10.30am. Ambassador Najeeba Wazefadost will speak at 9am.

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