Each year, locals flock to Bicentennial Park in West Pymble for Council's annual Australia Day Celebration. Taking place on 26 January, the event celebrates Australia's heritage, history, and culture with live performances, animal encounters, amusement rides, and a Citizenship Ceremony to welcome new Australian Citizens.
The day is also marked by handing out the Local Citizen of the Year Awards to unsung heroes of the community.
Australia Day 2018
Around 4,000 members of the Ku-ring-gai community got into the Aussie spirit and enjoyed a multicultural celebration at this year’s free Australia Day event in Bicentennial Park, West Pymble.
The day began with a special presentation of Ku-ring-gai’s Local Citizen of the Awards, which recognised some of our most outstanding local heroes. Congratulations to all our winners including Ku-ring-gai’s Citizen of the Year is Peter Kirkwood, Ku-ring-gai’s Young Citizen of the Year Hannah Burn, Outstanding Service to the Ku-ring-gai Community Group Award to Ku-ring-gai Neighbourhood Centre, Outstanding Service to the Ku-ring-gai Community Individual Awards to Jo-Anne Perry and Outstanding Service to the Ku-ring-gai Community Individual Award to Richard Babb.
Locals also enjoyed a morning of fantastic entertainment including live stage performances by the Wild Aussies Kids Show, the Handpicked Band, the Freeman Dancers, the Indian Dance Centre and an Australian reptile show.
There were plenty of activities to keep event goers busy including face painting, thong throwing, amusement rides and Aussie themed art and craft. Sheep herding and shearing demonstrations were popular with the crowd, as were the baby farm animal and reptile petting zoos.
Thank you to our 2018 event sponsors