Host of events for Australia Day

Australia Day next Tuesday will be marked by a host of celebrations across the Byron Shire, giving everyone the chance to wave the flag for their country.

Kicking off the day will be the traditional combined services clubs breakfast in the housie tent in Banner Park, Brunswick Heads starting at 7.30 am.

Between 7.30 and 9am members of the Combined Service Clubs of Brunswick Valley will sizzle and slice mountains of sausages, bacon, onions and tomatoes for the true Aussie barbecue sandwich, which with a glass of orange juice and unlimited tea and coffee they hand out for just $3.

In the tent, there will be the usual live entertainment, with Coral Grogan and Tracy Devine leading the singalong of all the old favourites, and MC Ray Linabury keeping it all together.

Blanch’s bus company are providing a courtesy bus leaving Mullumbimby Newsagents at 7.30am and returning around 10am, so that people can leave their cars at home and take advantage of a free bus ride.

George Ryan will drive the bus and pick up breakfast participants along the way.

Breakfast in the Park is on Tuesday January 26, takes place rain, hail or shine, and those wishing to bring their own chairs are welcome to do so

At Byron Bay, the Rotary Club will be hosting breakfast at the surf club from 8 am followed at 11am by the start of a celebration of the survival of indigenous culture featuring music, dancing and a barbecue.

 A family fun day will kick off at the Moller Pavilion in the Bangalow Showground at 8 am with breakfast.

This year’s official Byron Council-backed celebrations will be held at the Bangalow A & I Hall starting with a flag-raising ceremony at 11.30 am.

That will be followed by a welcome from mayor Cr Jan Barham and the Australia Day address by Australia Day ambassador, Ann Snell.

Ms Snell is the founder and managing director of Sydney’s prestigious Ann Snell Gallery, which specialises in indigenous art.

She said her motivation was giving clients access to Aboriginal philosophy and culture through beautiful paintings.

“Art is a great vehicle for healing and learning. I think non-indigenous Australians have begun to realise that we’ve all missed out on so much indigenous wisdom, and now is the time to acknowledge our heritage and embrace our future together,” she said.

Ms Snell will also be visiting many of the other celebrations being held around the shire.

Her address will be followed by community awards, including citizen of the year and a citizenship ceremony.

Gaggin Park will be the venue from 2 pm for the Suffolk Park family fun afternoon featuring a sausage sizzle and entertainment for the kids.

The Ocean Shores celebration of Australia Day starts at 4pm at the New Brighton Oval with a volleyball competition. 

 Then at 5 pm the ‘mullet’ throwing competition starts with a sausage sizzle at 5.30 pm.

 The Ocean Shores Australia Day ambassador for 2010 is Aboriginal Elder, Athol Compton who will talk about what Australia means to him. 

 The Ocean Shores Peace Choir and soloist Rainer Eichhorn will perform, plus an Aussie singalong.

 The mullet throwing championship prizes are for junior boys and girls and senior men and women.

For more details see the Ocean Shores Community Association (OSCA) website: www.osca.org.au.

See the full program of events on the council’s website www.byron.nsw.gov.au

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