Australia Day in the Lithgow area is set to be another great day for all the family with activities at different towns organised to allow all the family to enjoy as much of the day as possible.
Lithgow Mayor Maree Statham said: “Australia Day is a wonderful time for everyone in the community to come together and celebrate what a marvelous country we live in.
“This year activities have been organised across the region so that families can join each other no matter what town their activities are in.
“The day finishes with a celebration with the Australia Day Ceremony and a concert by the Fabulous Shapelles at Queen Elizabeth Park.”
Activities for Wallerawang will be at the Bowling Club from 10.30am-2.30pm. The official ceremony at 11am with guest speaker, former Australian international cricketer Doug Walters, at 12pm. The fun will include a barbecue, market stalls, damper cooking competition, raffles, music and lots more.
Portland festivities will be in Wolgan St from 10.30am onwards, with the official Australia Day ceremony at 12pm. There will also be entertainment including markets, music and lots of activities for the whole family.
Rydal village will celebrate in the evening starting at 4pm with billy cart races and then the official ceremony including flag raising at 5pm. This will be followed by a free sausage sizzle, gum boot throwing competitions, a tug of war for children and adults and yabbie races.
Lithgow pool will once again host a family fun day with free entry to the pool and activities from 12pm to 4pm. There will be a giant water slide and children’s entertainment including a circus school with a professional circus artist Tee, who will teach juggling, hula hoops, spinning plates, flower sticks, balance and Chinese yo yo (diabolo). There will also be craft activity and bracelet making workshop for the littlies.
The big change of the day is Lithgow City Council’s official Australia Day Ceremony which will move to the cool of the evening. Music by Lithgow City Band, Lithgow Highland Pipe Band and performances by the Lithgow Line Dancers and PCYC Belly Dancers will be woven around the official ceremony and the evening concert. Music starts at 3.30pm with the official ceremony running from 4-5pm.
The official ceremony will include the presentation of the NSW Local Citizenship Awards, a citizenship ceremony and speeches by Mayor Statham, Bathurst State MP Paul Toole, Woolworths manager Patrick McGregor and Australia Day Ambassador Jose Calarco, a world-renowned art producer who has worked in the areas of dance, music, film and theatre.
Mayor Statham will also give away bikes donated by Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA), the Korea Resources Corporation (KORES) and SK Networks to the Lithgow community.
Then the Fabulous Shapelles, a six-piece rock, soul and blues band, will have families dancing the night away to their music from the `50s to the `80s. Bring along a picnic or enjoy a free sausage sizzle and cake served by the Lithgow Lions Club and finish off this full and exciting day with a dance in the cool shade of the park.