A range of events, appealing to a wide section of the Bingara and district community, is planned for next Wednesday, Australia Day.
Events will start on Tuesday, January 25 when this year’s Australia Day Ambassador, Amber Lawrence and members of the Special Olympic Dance Group perform at the Roxy Theatre. The visitors will arrive on Monday and will be welcomed by Mayor, Cr. John Coulton.
On Tuesday, Ms. Lawrence and the dancers will be treated to a visit to John and Cathy Wade’s ‘Jackaroo Jillaroo Downunder’ at Garrawilla for a farm experience and lunch, before returning to the Roxy for a sound check and rehearsal.
Australia Day in Bingara will begin with a barbecue breakfast courtesy of Gwydir Shire Council and Bingara Lions Club.
Official proceedings will get underway at 9am, with a welcome to country and acknowledgement of traditional owners.
The National Anthem will be sung by Ambassador Amber Lawrence and 2011 School captains, Gabbie Brennan and Sam Cannington will raise the flag.
Australia Day Addresses will be delivered by Amber Lawrence and Mel. Eustace.
These will be followed by the announcement of Citizenship Awards, including Volunteer, Community Event, Young Citizen and Citizen of the Year.
The Special Olympics Dance Performance Group and Amber Lawrence will then perform.
The Museum and Gem museum will then be open for inspection. This will conclude the morning’s activities.
The spotlight will then turn to action at the Sporting Club, where an afternoon and evening of sport and entertainment is planned. Golf, Bowls and Tennis will be played, and this will be followed by a camp oven dinner, prepared by renowned camp oven chef Paul White and his team of sous camp oven chefs.
Tony and Helen Cornish will share the entertainment spotlight with Australia Day Ambassador, Amber Lawrence, and the members of the Special Olympic Dance Group.