Australia Day

Australia Day 2016 - Backyard Baaa-Becue

Over 2,000 members of the community got into the Aussie spirit by attending Ku-ring-gai Council’s special Australia Day event at West Pymble’s Bicentennial Park on Tuesday January 26.

The day started with a special Citizenship Ceremony which welcomed 110 Australian citizens from 24 countries. This 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 yesterday, in the sunshine, in our beautiful Bicentennial Park,” said Ku-ring-gai Council Mayor Cheryl Szatow.

The day began with a special Citizenship Ceremony in which we welcomed 110 new Australian citizens from 24 different countries.

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. I was also appreciative of the fact that our General Manager John McKee was in attendance with us on this auspicious occasion as well as our Director of Community, Janice Bevan.

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,” she said.

Ku-ring-gai Council would like to thank the event’s major sponsors Crystal Productions and North Shore Times, along with event partners Savills Cordeau Marshall and YMCA and media partner Vision China Times.

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

Thank you to our 2016 Sponsors

Major sponsor

crystal-productions-logo     north-shore-times-logo

Event partners

YMCA-logo    Savills-cordeau-marshall-logo

Media partners


For further information about sponsoring future events contact Council's Events Coordinator on 9424 0868.


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