THE planning for a huge Australia Day on 26 January in Port Stephens is well underway with a program that is driven by the community and organised by some of Port Stephens Councils volunteers for the community.
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Raymond Terrace will host the annual awards this year at Riverside Park and there is a huge program of activities and things to see and do with the family planned for the day.
Liz Akerman, Council’s Acting Community Development and Engagement Coordinator told News Of The Area, “The theme for Australia Day this year is ‘Everyone, every story’ – celebrating the fact that we’ve all come from different backgrounds and we all have a story to tell.”
She believes that it is important for everyone to come along and be a part of the celebrations across Port Stephens, with events being held at Nelson Bay, Raymond Terrace, Tilligerry and Karuah.
“There’s something for the whole family, with a BBQ breakfast and live music at Tilligerry, speedboats and jumping castles at Raymond Terrace and a fireworks finale at Karuah.”
The Raymond Terrace program kicks off with the Lions and Rotary Clubs of Raymond Terrace serving up the Free Great Aussie Breakfast which is sponsored by Raymond Terrace Bowling Club, which will be followed by a Welcome to Country and the official flag raising and the National Anthem.
The Speedboat demonstrations are on from 10am and there’s the lamingtons at the Rotunda to be enjoyed as well.
The RAAF will be conducting a fly by on the day and there will be community displays, live music alongside displays, music and bursts of culture from local Indigenous groups.
The Raymond Terrace Australia Day activities will wrap up at 2.30pm.
By Marian SAMPSON