Hundreds celebrate Oz Day

The Byron Shire yesterday joined the rest of the country in celebrating Australia Day. Hundreds turned out for official celebrations which started with breakfast on the beach at Byron Bay and another breakfast in Banner Park at Brunswick Heads.

The official Australia Day celebrations were, as usual, held at the Brunswick Valley Historical Museum at Mullumbimby where 30 men, women and children became Australian citizens.

Long-time Byron Bay resident, Tony McCabe, who has worked tirelessly for many years to protect and improve hospital services in the town, was named Citizen of the Year.

Australia Day Ambassador, actor Cornelia Frances (standing rear) is pictured with a group of Byron Bay residents, including her son, Lawrence Eastland, getting into the Australia Day spirit at Main Beach.

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