25 January 2024

See what your council has on for Australia Day 2024

| Claire Sams
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Army cadets were part of the 2023 citizenship ceremony.

Councils across the regions have their own events planned to mark Australia Day in 2024. Photo: Eurobodalla Shire Council/Facebook.

As Australia Day approaches for another year, councils across the southeast of NSW are preparing for their packed schedule of events.

Yass Valley Council

Residents can attend the Australia Day Citizenship and Awards Ceremony from 9 am. Yass Rotary and CWA branches have organised a free breakfast from 7:30 am to make sure no-one starts the day hungry.

They can then head to Keeping Cool by the Pool from 4 pm at the Yass Memorial Pool on Laidlaw Street.

The 2024 Australia Day Ambassador is Paralympic gold medallist Tiffany Kane OAM, who won a gold medal and three bronze medals in swimming at the Rio de Janeiro Paralympic Games.

Goulburn-Mulwaree Council

The day will start with a free barbecue breakfast and junior cricket game at Victoria Park at 130 Verner Street from 7:30 am.

The Aquatic Centre, which is located in Victoria Park, will also be open with free entry on Friday. The fun will continue throughout the day with a multicultural market, kids activities and live music, while the Aquatic Centre will host a pool party from 2 pm.

The formal ceremonies will start from 9 am and include citizenship ceremonies and the presentation of Citizen of the Year, Junior Citizen of the Year, Senior Citizen of the Year, Senior and Junior Sportspersons of the Year and Event of the Year awards.

Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council

Events are happening across this council area. At each location there will be presentations for the Young Citizen of the Year, Citizen of the Year and Community Event of the Year. Braidwood and Bungendore will also see addresses from Australia Day Ambassador Ben Farinazzo.

The public can gather at Braidwood Serviceman’s Club at the corner of Coronation Avenue and Victory Street, Captains Flat Memorial Hall on Foxlow Street, Bungendore Scout Hall on Gibraltar Street, or at Queanbeyan Park on Lowe Street which will all host events throughout the day.

Additionally, there will be a 15-minute fireworks display at Queanbeyan Park from 8:45 pm.

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Hilltops Council

In the Hilltops, there are events planned for Boorowa, Harden, Wombat and Young and they include formal awards, a rubber duck race, a vintage car display, a parade and live music. And if you want to cool off on Friday, the Boorowa, Harden, Jugiong and Young pools will have free entry.

The schedule for each location is available on council’s Facebook page.

Snowy Monaro Regional Council

In the Snowy Mountains residents can gather at Bombala, Bredbo, Cooma, Jerangle, Jindabyne, Michelago or Nimmitabel. Across the various locations, activities will include a shearing competition, free sausage sizzles, live music and presentations of awards.

The full itinerary is available online via Snowy Monaro Regional Council’s website.

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Bega Valley Shire Council

In Bega Valley, the celebrations will start with a free breakfast from 7:30 am at Littleton Gardens, located on Zingel Place in Bega.

At 8:30 am, the community is invited to a ceremony to recognise the shire’s 2024 citizens of the year and Australia Day Award winners and Bega Valley Medallions will be awarded to 14 individuals who have served their community.

The 2024 Citizen of the Year is Carina Severs, the Senior Citizen of the Year is Flo Young and their Young Citizen of the Year is Tarra Glover.

Eurobodalla Shire Council

A spokesperson for Eurobodalla Shire Council told Region that council had not organised any events for Friday.

On Thursday (25 January), council is holding its first citizenship ceremony of the year in the evening to avoid event clashes and summer heat. A council spokesperson said it would be closed to the public and the first of four such ceremonies that would be held throughout the year, with more information on council’s website.

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