Australia Day 2018

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Armidale Regional Council is inviting the whole community to join in a program of fun community events scheduled to coincide with Australia Day 2018.

The events are intended for all Australians – no matter where our personal stories began. What has Armidale Regional Council got planned for this year?

Council is hosting a program of community events that will run over three days in late January.

This is an opportunity to reflect on being Australian, celebrate contemporary Australia and recognise our history.

Council intends for this program of events to be an opportunity for people to come together and celebrate the wonderful community we live in.

It is a time to let our hair down with family and friends to celebrate the unique lifestyle of our region, and of course Australia, that so many of us take for granted!

This is also a chance for us to acknowledge and celebrate the contribution of some of our local heroes, who give so much to our community.

Australia Day Ambassadors will be on hand to join in community celebrations in Armidale, Ben Lomond, Guyra and Tingha.

The program includes events across the Armidale region:

Guyra Awards Dinner

When Thursday 25 January 2018 – 6:30pm. Where Guyra Bowling and Recreation Club.

Breakfast at Ben Lomond 

When Friday 26 January 2018 – 7am.

Where Ben Lomond Memorial Hall.

Armidale Official Australia Day Awards and Citizenship Ceremony

When Friday 26 January 2018 – 10am. Where Armidale Town Hall.

Guyra Flag Raising Ceremony

When Friday 26 January 2018 – 11am.

Where Rotary Park, Guyra, on the New England Highway.

Armidale Afternoon in the Park

When Friday 26 January 2018, from 2pm.

Where Civic and Curtis Park Armidale.

Guyra Pool Party

When Friday 26 January 2018 – all day,  Where Guyra Pool.

Tingha Australia Day Luncheon and Awards Presentation

When Friday 26 January 2018 – 12:30pm. Where Tingha Sport and Recreation Grounds.

Family Fun Afternoon, Movies in the Park and Fireworks

When Friday 26 January 2018 – 5pm.    Where Tingha Sport & Recreation Grounds.

Guyra Movies in the Park and Fireworks

When Saturday 27 January 2018 – nightfall. Where Guyra Recreation Grounds.

How will local people be recognised for their contributions?

There are many wonderful people in our community who give their time and energy to make a positive difference – many of them quiet achievers.

Nominations have been received from across the community for the 2018 Australia Day Awards. The Awards celebrate individuals, groups and organisations for their contribution to: sports, recreation, cultural pursuits, the arts, community services, education and other services.

There are also awards for: Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year and Community Event of the Year. Awards will be presented at ceremonies across the region.

After the formalities, how will the community celebrate?

Awards and Citizenship Ceremonies will be held in Armidale, Guyra and Tingha – but that is just the beginning of community celebrations.

Everyone can gather for breakfast at 7am on Friday 26 January at the Ben Lomond Memorial Hall.

There will be a whole afternoon of activity and entertainment in Civic and Curtis Park in Armidale following ceremonies there on Friday 26 January. The event promises lots of fun for the whole family, with traditional games including the egg and spoon races, sack races and the famous lamington eating contest. Be sure to check out all the food stalls!

Bring a picnic blanket and settle in for the evening. Enjoy live music and entertainment and then finish off the day with a spectacular fireworks display!

A flag raising ceremony will be held in Guyra at Rotary Park on the New England Highway from 11am on Friday 26 January. Then for the rest of the day, the Guyra Pool will be holding a pool party with a BBQ.

On Saturday 27 January, Movies in the Park will be held at the Guyra Recreation Grounds commencing on nightfall. The evening will conclude with a spectacular fireworks display by Holy Smoke.

Movies in the Park will be held at the Tingha Sport and Recreation Grounds on Friday 26 January. The movie will commence on nightfall and will be followed by a fireworks display by Holy Smoke.

We hope everyone will take advantage of the free activities and entertainment and spend some time having fun as a community!

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