16 January, 2008 Fireworks and free film a fitting finale for last Australia Day event
A spectacular fireworks finale is expected to lure thousands to the last ever Caloundra City Council Australia Day event at Kings Beach next week.
Caloundra City Mayor Don Aldous said due to popular demand, Council has ensured its Australia Day program on Saturday 26 January includes traditional family favourites including a fireworks finale, as well as a free family movie under the stars.
"Our City's annual celebration has become a real family friendly event, and this year's grand finale promises to be no different," Cr Aldous said.
Residents and visitors are in for a treat, with a packed program now kicking off at 9am and concluding about 9.15pm with an impressive fireworks display. Another popular drawcard is the free outdoor movie screening, with the 2007 blockbuster Happy Feet to screen from 7.20pm at Lions Park.
"Our Australia Day celebrations are a proud tradition in Caloundra, and seeing this is our last chance to celebrate with our local community, we're pulling out all stops to ensure it's an event worth remembering."
Other highlights of the day's activities, which will be celebrated in and around Kings Beach Park, include live bands and entertainment, food and market stalls, model car and crab racing, rides and amusements, and the announcement of the Australia Day Award recipients.
To avoid parking congestion, free shuttle buses will operate between the Transit Centre at Cooma Terrace and Kings Beach Park.
Caloundra City Council presents Australia Day Celebrations 2008
Saturday 26 January Kings Beach Park, Caloundra 9am-9.30pm
1pm David Bentley
4pm Simon 7
5pm Caloundra City Australia Day Awards presentation & performances by Sunshine Statesmen
6.45pm Old Spice Boys
9am Sunshine Coast Concert Band
10am Welcome to Country & performance by Gomurri Umbi
11am Golden Beach State School & Golden Beach Dance School
11.45am Michelle Brown & John Maier
1pm Gomurri Umbi
2.30pm Simon 7
4pm Old Spice Boys
7.20pm Outdoor Movie: Happy Feet
Workshops at Lions Park
11.30am Tribal Wave Drumming
12.30pm Sheer Goddess Belly-dancing
1pm Hula Hooping with Kate-Lyn
1.30pm Tribal Wave Drumming
2.30pm Sheer Goddess Belly-dancing
3pm Hula Hooping with Kate-Lyn
3.30pm Tribal Wave Drumming
Mad Fish Venue
11am Pie eating contest
11.45am Dreamtime story-telling
12.30pm Prawn peeling contest
1.15pm Ice-cream eating contest
2pm Mud crab racing
Around the Fountains
10am - 1pm Model car racing
Bring your own car and race between 12pm and 1pm.
Carousel, clowns & balloons, market stalls, free face-painting and temporary tattoos at the Bunnings tent. Roving entertainment from Ned Kelly and hula hoop sensation, Kate-Lyn.
On the Beach
8am-10am Surfdancer Workshop
Including: volleyball, cricket, treasure hunt, sand castle building, Lifesaving demonstrations. See the surf lifesavers on the day for specific times.
Fireworks Display at 9.15pm
PARK and RIDE - FREE shuttle buses running between the Transit Centre at Cooma Terrace and Kings Beach Park.
This Event is accessible to people in wheelchairs.
No pets please.
Thank you to the following organisations:
Hot 91.1 FM; Gillett Electrical Contractors; East Coast Traffic Services; Mint Resorts Apartments; Mad Fish; Caloundra Metropolitan SLSC; Clive Featherby's KC's Fireworks Displays.