Something for everyone on Australia Day
Join in Australia Day celebrations across Narrabri Shire this Thursday and celebrate what makes Australia GREAT.
Celebrations will kick off in Narrabri with the traditional FREE barbecue breakfast at the Narrabri Aquatic Centre.
Narrabri Lions Club will be frying up its famous breakfast from 8am.
From that time there will also be displays by the Namoi Valley Antique Car Club, performances by the Narrabri Shire Band and lots of kids activities including face painting, balloon modelling, jumping castle and goodie bags.
From 9am there will be official proceedings which will include citizenship ceremonies welcoming new Australian citizens and Australia Day Awards to celebrate those in our community who make a huge contribution.
Narrabri West Scouts will raise the Australian flag and the National Anthem will be performed by Isabelle Madden.
The Australia Day Address will be presented by Narrabri Shire’s Ambassador, sports and media personality Andy Paschalidis.
Following official proceedings, the Namoi Valley Antique Car Club will be holding its annual Duck Race.
The entries to the Australia Day colouring-in competition and Shire Snapshot photography competition will also be on display within the Aquatic Centre and the winners announced on the day.
As festivities wind down in Narrabri, the Australia Day Ambassador and Mayor will travel to Wee Waa to join in their celebrations.
Wee Waa celebrations will be held at the Namoi Echo Museum in Rose Street and will commence at 11am.
The Australia Day Ambassador will present his Australia Day Address to the crowd followed by an Australian-themed reading of a poem by Max Pringle.
Official proceedings will be followed by a barbecue and cool drinks for all in attendance.
The Australia Day Ambassador and Mayor will then travel to celebrate Australia Day with the Boggabri community.
Celebrations will be held at the Boggabri Pool and will kick off at 2pm with official proceedings commencing at 3pm. Local School Captains will be making speeches about the meaning of Australia Day followed by the Australia Day Address by the Ambassador.
A free sausage sizzle will be provided by the Boggabri Lions Club and there will be novelty swimming events held between 4pm and 6pm including the Dash for Cash, Ironman and Ironwoman.
Official festivities will conclude in Narrabri with the annual Mayor’s XI versus Indigenous XI 20/20 cricket match to be held at No 1 Oval at Collins Park from 6pm.
This will be a fun and entertaining match and a great family outing.
There will be a sausage sizzle for attendees.
The Mayor's team will be wearing purple to honour the memory of Kia Lettice, a council employee and much loved community member, who recently lost her fight with cancer.
See more about the cricket, including team line-ups, on page 15 of this edition of The Courier.
The Australia Day events are family-focussed and are a great opportunity to celebrate the fantastic country we live in, so get involved in your local community and enjoy Australia Day.