Ku-ring-gai Council will host Australia Day celebrations with fireworks in Bicentennial Park, West Pymble on Monday 26 January.
A packed program of events kicks off with a special citizenship ceremony at 3.30pm for 120 new Australian citizens from countries as diverse as Belgium, Mauritius, Russia and Venezuela.
Mayor Jennifer Anderson will officiate at the ceremony, at which Australia’s newest citizens will each be presented with a small esky containing typical Australian treats.
“Becoming a citizen on Australia Day is a very happy and moving occasion for all concerned and I’m delighted to be a part of it,” Mayor Anderson said.
Ku-ring-gai’s Australia Day Awards will also be announced at the ceremony for Citizen of the Year and Young Citizen of the Year, as well as group and individual awards for Outstanding Service to the Ku-ring-gai Community.
The citizenship ceremony will be followed by a free concert between 5.30pm and 9pm at Bicentennial Park. Performers include acclaimed Aboriginal band Descendance, children’s act Lah Lah’s Big Live Band, Tamworth Country Music Award finalists Simply Bushed, plus the Stephanie Jansen Band and The Dave White Australian Anthem’s Experience.
The Council is putting on a free shuttle bus from Gordon train station to the concert as parking is limited. Also on offer will be a range of food stalls and plenty of fun activities for the kids including face painting and amusement rides.
A spectacular fireworks finale by Foti Fireworks will cap off Australia Day celebrations. Foti Fireworks are coming to Ku-ring-gai fresh from organising the New Year’s Eve firework display on Sydney Harbour.
For more information visit www.kmc.nsw.gov.au/australiaday or call 9424 0000.