Calling on the young and young-at-heart -- let's celebrate being an Aussie
Australia Day is gaining momentum on the Sunshine Coast with thousands expected next Wednesday 26 January at the Sunshine Coast Council's major celebration -- so big it has to be shared across two stages in Kings Beach and Lions Park in Caloundra.
This year council has partnered with FESTURI -- a multicultural celebration -- to present a free and family-focused 2011 Australia Day event attracting the young and the young-at-heart with a host of festivities including the Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony, entertainment and workshops.
The special day will kick off with the Citizenship Ceremony at 9am at the Kings Beach Amphitheatre with reserved and limited seating for candidates and their invited guests and will be followed by live-entertainment and kids workshops through until 5pm. The Lions Park stage and kids workshops will commence from 9.30am and 10am respectively.
Mayor Bob Abbot said a great day of family fun was planned with some wonderful entertainment on offer to suit all tastes and ages.
"This free, public event at Kings Beach will be jam-packed with live entertainment, workshops, activities and market stalls expressing the national diversity which has become an important part of the Australian national character," Cr Abbot said.
"It's great to have a day each year where we, the citizens of Australia can celebrate our amazing country -- a chance to express our national pride.
"As always, it is important that we remember to celebrate safely and responsibly and that we consider our community and environment."
Amongst the live-musical entertainment lined up for the big day are popular pop rock Australian band Blame Ringo, as well as local bands including The Flumes (alternative/folk/fusion), The Map Project (funk/reggae/soul) and Marsden Lees an indie pop trio.
Also on the party agenda are a variety of fun workshops, activities and performances including Bollywood Dancing, Bellydancing with Sh'anna and Tribal wave African dance and drumming.
Free parking has been organised at both the Transit Centre in Cooma Terrace and in Queen Street near the Caloundra High School. A free shuttle bus will run continually from 7am until 6pm with stops at the Transit Centre, Kings Beach Amphitheatre and Queen Street. Disabled parking and access via Burgess Street car park.
Sunshine Coast Council's Australia Day 2011 celebration will be an alcohol and glass free, and will be held outdoors -- so remember to slip, slop, slap.
Attendees will have the opportunity to make donations to the Premier's Disaster Relief Appeal with collections on-site.
For the program and further details about the Australia Day event, visit council's website.
Amphitheatre Stage entertainment:
Djembe Love (band)
Sunshine Coast Flamenco Dance
The Marsden Lees (band)
Lions Park Stage entertainment:
Canta La Tumba (band)
The Flumes (band)
The Map Project (band)
Bellydancing with Sh'anna
Apollo Inperil (band)
Emilay Wenham Band
Pantastic Steel Band
Tribal Wave African Dance and Drumming
Crafty Umbrellas and Fans
Marimbas on the Move
Markets: A mix of 20 + markets stalls.
Food Vendors: A mix of community groups and commercial operators.
Rides: Kids can enjoy the Jumping Castle; mini Ferris Wheel and a Carousal, $5 per ride
2011 Australia Day Event
Wednesday 26 January, 2011 from 9am to 5pm
Kings Beach Amphitheatre and Lions Park, Caloundra
Free Parking & Shuttle Bus:
Free parking has been organised at both the Transit Centre in Cooma Terrace and in Queen Street near the Caloundra High School. A free shuttle bus will run continually from 7am until 6pm with stops at the Transit Centre, Kings Beach Amphitheatre and Queen Street.
Disabled parking and access via Burgess Street car park
De Vene Avenue from Moreton Parade to Ormonde Terrace
Ormonde Terrace from Edmund Street to Esplanade Headland roundabout
Car Park Closures:
All rights to park at the amphitheatre are temporarily removed
Burgess Street car park closed 1am -- 6pm
Edmund Street car park closed 1am -- 6pm
Ormonde Terrace car park closed 1am -- 6pm
For more information visit www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au or phone 5475 7272.
Sponsors & Funding Partners:
Qld Government -- Department of Communities
More to be advised....
Sunshine Coast welcomes 165 new citizens
More than 165 Sunshine Coast residents will join the Coast's Australian family on 26 January at an Australia Day ceremony hosted by Sunshine Coast Council at Kings Beach and Lions Park, Caloundra.
These Sunshine Coast residents are among some 32,000 people who will become Australian citizens at more than 320 ceremonies right across the nation.
Mayor Bob Abbot said he was looking forward to welcoming the new citizens into the Coast's Australian family.
"Australia Day is an opportunity for all of us to take pride in our citizenship and reflect on the meaning and importance of being Australian," Cr Abbot said.
"The Sunshine Coast community welcomes its newest citizens and wishes them well as they take this important and final step to officially join the Australian family.
"Our nation has always been enriched by the cultures and traditions of new citizens and I'm sure our newest Australians will add to that cultural diversity and help shape our country's future."
The Goktas family, from the United Kingdom, is one family who will become citizens at the Caloundra ceremony.
They have lived in Australia for three years, and are very excited to become citizens as the whole nation celebrates.
Olympian Steve Bradbury OAM will be the MC for the ceremony and Australia Day Ambassador Ron Rankin OAM, Surf Lifesaving Leader and 2010 Queensland Senior Australian of the Year, will be a special guest speaker.
The outdoor Citizenship Ceremony will commence at 9am at Kings Beach Amphitheatre, with reserved and limited seating for candidates and their invited guests. The ceremony will be followed by live entertainment, food stalls, jumping castle and children's workshops across the Lions Park and Kings Beach stages.
All are welcome to join in the free-of-charge Australia Day celebrations. A free shuttle bus will be going to and from the Caloundra Transit centre throughout the day.
For further details about Sunshine Coast Council's Australia Day 2011 event including the line-up of entertainment and celebrations, visit council's website.
Kings Beach Amphitheatre and Lions Park, Caloundra
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