Australia Day celebrations

A baaa-becue with Shaun the Sheep

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More than 2,000 people from around Ku-ring-gai got into the Aussie spirit by attending Council’s special Australia Day event at West Pymble’s Bicentennial Park on Tuesday, January 26.

The day started with a special Citizenship Ceremony and was followed by Ku-ring-gai’s Australia Day Awards, which recognised some of our most outstanding local heroes.

Award winners included:

  • Citizen of the Year – John Dailey
  • Young Citizen of the Year – Nick Bennett
  • Young Citizen of the Year – Ashlee Jaensch
  • Individual outstanding service to the community – Sue Turner
  • Group outstanding service to the community- Ku-ring-gai Community Workshop ‘The Shed’

Locals then enjoyed a morning of fabulous entertainment including performances by popular children’s show Shaun the Sheep, local bush band Stringybark,  Wuruniri Music and Dance Group, a reptile show and sheep shearing demonstrations. There were also plenty of activities to keep event goers busy including thong throwing, amusement rides and free laser tag, brought to the event by local business Laserwarriors.

“It was especially wonderful in this, the 110th anniversary year of the establishment of Ku-ring-gai Council, to see so many of you enjoying our Australia Day event, in the sunshine, in our beautiful Bicentennial Park,” said Ku-ring-gai Council Mayor Cheryl Szatow.

Today we welcomed 110 new Australian citizens from 24 different countries with our special citizenship ceremony.

Becoming a citizen on Australia Day is a particularly moving occasion for all those concerned and I was both honoured and delighted to lead the ceremony in the company of three of my fellow Councillors: Crs Citer,  Malicki and Ossip and our Federal Member Mr Paul Fletcher and State Member Mr Alister Henskens.

The day’s backyard baaa-becue event which followed was a huge hit, with over 2,000 attendees, many of whom then went on to Ku-ring-gai’s Fitness and Aquatic Centre adjoining the event venue, in the afternoon, to cool down and enjoy the centre’s picturesque surroundings.

The BBQ brunch, supplied by Wahroonga Rotary and St Ives Lions, which I, too, sampled, was  very  popular, with over $3,000 raised in gold coin donations to support the  Ku-ring-gai Refugee Welcome Pack Appeal.

To view photos of the event visit Ku-ring-gai Council’s facebook page at

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