Plan your Australia Day -- It's time to Celebrate being an Aussie
Australia Day is gaining momentum on the Sunshine Coast with thousands expected at Caloundra on Tuesday at the Sunshine Coast Council's major celebrations.
This year the party is at two venues, with music and festivities at both Kings Beach and Happy Valley, with activities and entertainment for all ages. Visitors can move between the two locations via the beautiful coastal boardwalk or jump on a free shuttle.
The party at both sites, begins at 9am, with iconic Aussie music legends Brian Cadd, providing a "A Little Ray of Sunshine" and Russel Morris, who knows "The Real Thing" taking the stage at Happy Valley from 5.30pm.
Not to be out done will be local legends Mayor Bob Abbot and friends with the Green Machine from 4pm---they're raising awareness and funds for the environment.
Kids activities, circus acts, workshops and games will run throughout the day. Other acts on stage will include Lisa Hunt, Harri Bandhu, Tim Gaze, Michelle Brown, Lara Jane, Lucy Hannah, Canta La Tumba, Kahn, Drew Wilson and bush band Rantan.
Event Manager Richie Eyles said a great day of family fun was planned with some wonderful entertainment on offer for all ages. "We have a great line up of entertainment and expect the crowd to be well behaved!" he said.
The event will emphasise the importance of safety, building on the Holiday Safety Campaign which has seen council successfully working closely with its regional partners (Qld Police, Qld Transport, Sunbus, Sunshine Coast Cabs, Street Angels, Street Reach, Lifeguards, Coastguard, CALM Sunshine Coast and a number of coast business associations) to promote the safety message to residents and visitors to the Sunshine Coast over the 2009/2010 holiday season. The campaign focused on the promotion of personal responsibility and community safety -- to enhance everyone's enjoyment of the coast.
"Traffic snarls should be averted, with all rights to park in Happy Valley temporarily removed from midnight Sunday 25 January.
"Instead, free parking has been organised at either the Transit Centre in Cooma Terrace, just a dance step away from Happy Valley, or in Queen Street near the Caloundra State High School."
A shuttle bus will run continually from 9am until 9pm with stops at the Caloundra Bus Interchange in Cooma Terrace, Happy Valley, Kings Beach and Queen Street (in front of the high school). The bus and parking is free.
Come and see the real thing at Caloundra on Australia Day
Australian rock legends Brian Cadd and Russell Morris will headline a mega Australia Day concert planned for Caloundra's Happy Valley and Kings Beach from 9am on 26 January.
The annual Australia Day celebration, organised by Sunshine Coast Council, will expand this year to the foreshore of Happy Valley where the sea breezes and shade will keep it cool for concert-goers. A beachside carnival, with rides for children, will operate at nearby Kings Beach.
Iconic Aussie rockers Brian Cadd and Russell Morris are a fitting tribute to the national day of celebration, belting out many of their classic hits that include Brian's Little Ray of Sunshine and Show Me The Way to Russell's Real Thing, Hush, Wings of an Eagle and Sweet Sweet Love.
Event manager Richie Eyles said Brian is also well-loved by surfers around the world after penning the music for the ultimate surfing movie, Morning of the Earth.
"His songs have been recorded by artists such as Joe Cocker, Ringo Starr, The Pointer Sisters, Bonnie Tyler, Charlie Daniels, John Farnham, The Masters Apprentices and lots more," Mr Eyles said.
"These two legends of Australian rock put on an awesome live show that will remind people of just how many hits they have created that have taken the world by storm."
As well as the headline act, another highlight of the day will be a Sunshine Coast All Star Concert featuring Bob Abbot, Lisa Hunt, Harri Bandhu, Tim Gaze, Michelle Brown, Lara Jane, Lucy Hannah and other local celebrities backed by the Green Machine -- a new band raising awareness and funds for the environment. Other acts will include Canta La Tumba and bush band Rantan.
The free family concert will also include:
* Dream State Circus
* Beachside carnival
* Kids activities
* Street performers and buskers
Free shuttle buses will link Kings Beach and Happy Valley with Queen Street and the Transit Centre. Concert goers are encouraged to "travel smart" by using public transport.
In the meantime, the clock is ticking down to council's Australia Day Awards to be announced at Mooloolaba Beach on 25 January. Nominations close on Friday 8 January and the awards are open to any unsung heroes living on the Sunshine Coast and to businesses that are environmentally-responsible contributors to the local economy.
Nomination forms are available from council's website www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au or by phoning council on 5475 7272.
Happy Valley and Kings Beach, Caloundra
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