Australia Day 2017
Around 4,000 members of the Ku-ring-gai community attended the free Australia Day event at Bicentennial Park, West Pymble.
This year’s Australia Day event was a multicultural affair that celebrated the region’s Aboriginal heritage, as well as the rich diversity within the community.
The day began with a special presentation of Ku-ring-gai’s Local Citizen of the Year Awards, which recognised some of the most outstanding local heroes.
Following the presentation was a Citizenship Ceremony welcoming 61 new Australian Citizens from 19 countries.
Locals then enjoyed a morning of fantastic entertainment that included live stage performances by ABC Kids show SplashDance, local bush band Reel Matilda, Wuruniri Music and Dance Group, and an Australian reptile show. There were plenty of activities to keep event-goers busy including face painting, thong throwing, amusement rides and Australian-themed art and craft. The sheep herding and shearing demonstrations were popular with the crowd, as were the baby farm animal and reptile petting zoos.
“It’s wonderful to see so many people from the community coming together to celebrate our country’s history,” said Mayor Jennifer Anderson.
The Mayor thanked the event’s sponsors, whose participation helped make the day such a success.
Major sponsor Crystal Productions provided first-class equipment and sound.
Event Partner YMCA handed out vouchers for the Ku-ring-gai Fitness and Aquatic Centre, and ran the popular thong-throwing competition, while Savills Cordeau Marshall provided kid-friendly fun in the form of face painting, temporary tattoos, and a colouring competition.
Media Partners North Shore Times, Vision China Times, and Triple H FM helped promote the event, and were present to capture all of the excitement.
Mayor Anderson also wanted to express the Council’s gratitude to the many dedicated volunteers from the Ku-ring-gai SES, Bushfire Brigade and St John Ambulance who helped keep the crowd safe throughout the day, and also provided some great giveaways.
To view photos of the event visit Ku-ring-gai Council’s facebook page at www.facebook.com/kuringgai.
Thank you to our 2017 Sponsors
For further information about sponsoring future events contact Council's Events Coordinator on 9424 0868.