Australia Day Celebrations at Nelson Bay

Last year’s Australia Day celebration at Fly Point. Photo by Henk Tobbe.
Last year’s Australia Day celebration at Fly Point. Photo by Henk Tobbe.

 

NELSON Bay has a long tradition of putting on a great day of fun filled activities for Australia Day with the celebrations on 26 January including a parade and some great free family fun.

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The RAAF will be conducting a fly by on the day and Fly Point Park will be filled with market stalls community displays, live music and informative displays.

Nelson Bay will host the annual Port Stephens Citizenship Ceremony in 2018 and address by the Australia Day Ambassador, Professor Kelvin Kong.

Liz Akerman, Council’s Acting Community Development and Engagement Coordinator told News Of The Area, “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.”

She believes that this year’s theme ‘Everyone, every story’ celebrates the diverse backgrounds that Australians come from and the story that each of us has to tell.

Community Groups like the Rotary Club of Salamander Bay will be Barbecuing up breakfasts at Fly Point and there will be some fantastic entertainment.

The Australia Day program is put together entirely by the community and organised by some of Port Stephens Council’S volunteers.

The committee has announced that the band featuring at the Australia Day celebrations in Nelson Bay this year is “The Years” from Newcastle.

The committee is serving up some great activities from 9am when the parade commences down Victoria Parade.

Spectators can enjoy performances by Hunter School of Performing Arts Marching Band and Riddled Liver Band, displays of vintage and classic cars, JD’s World of Magic workshops, Croc Stars reptile display, pony rides, giant slide and jumping castle.

There will also be free flags, ice blocks and chips for the kids.

 

By Marian SAMPSON

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