Get ready to raise the roof on our day

Ali­cia Per­era looks at the events tak­ing place this Aus­tralia Day in the re­gion.

Pilbara News - - Australia Day Special -

Aus­tralia Day is an ideal time for re­lax­ing with fam­ily and friends as we pause on Jan­uary 26 to ap­pre­ci­ate the good things about the place where we live.

With a host of com­mu­nity events and par­ties on around the re­gion, there is no short­age of ways to en­joy the na­tional day this year.

City of Kar­ratha

The pub­lic hol­i­day will start with for­mal­i­ties at the City of Kar­ratha’s Aus­tralia Day Awards break­fast at the Kar­ratha Leisure­plex from 9am-11am.

City of Kar­ratha Mayor Peter Long said the awards were a fit­ting way to thank “grass­roots he­roes” across six dif­fer­ent cat­e­gories.

“Our an­nual City of Kar­ratha Aus­tralia Day Awards pro­vide us with an op­por­tu­nity to recog­nise those peo­ple who, through their lead­er­ship and gen­eros­ity, make the com­mu­nity a bet­ter place,” he said.

“Our re­cip­i­ents are com­mu­nity cham­pi­ons and it is a plea­sure to for­mally ac­knowl­edge and thank them in this cer­e­mony.”

Then in the af­ter­noon, 36 peo­ple will be­come Aus­tralian cit­i­zens at a cer­e­mony at the Kar­ratha Leisure­plex.

From 4pm-7pm, en­try to the Leisure­plex pool will be free and an Aussie bar­be­cue and bak­ery, mu­sic and chil­dren’s ac­tiv­i­ties will all be on of­fer, as well as the re­turn of pop­u­lar com­mu­nity show­case the Love Where You Live Expo from 4pm-7.30pm.

More ac­tion be­gins at 7.30pm when en­ter­tain­ers Wal­ter Whip and the Flames per­form a whipcrack­ing show and fire­works will light up the sky at 8pm.

In Wick­ham, en­try to the Wick­ham Re­cre­ation Precinct will be free from 9.30am un­til mid­day for a pool party fea­tur­ing a chil­dren’s aqua run from 10am-11am and a free sausage siz­zle.

The Kar­ratha In­ter­na­tional Ho­tel is hold­ing an Aus­tralia Day Pool Party.

The KI chefs will pre­pare an Aus­tralian menu es­pe­cially for the day and there will be Aussie drink spe­cials avail­able from noon. Mu­sic has also been spe­cially se­lected, with the Triple J Hottest 100 count­down set to play dur­ing the day be­fore acous­tic mu­sic takes over in the evening.

Vol­ley­ball and in­flat­able pool toys in­clud­ing a slip-and-slide for chil­dren, will be avail­able at the pool and the Dessert Princess will be on hand from 2pm for face­paint­ing, danc­ing and games.

Kar­ratha In­ter­na­tional Ho­tel duty man­ager Jack New­bould said the party was a first-time event for the ho­tel.

“It’s Aus­tralia Day, it’s a fam­ily day . . . we just want peo­ple to have fun,” he said. “There’ll be Aus­tra-

lia Day-themed food, cock­tails and drinks.”

The Tam­brey Tav­ern is hold­ing a free event fea­tur­ing live mu­sic by lo­cal band Mis­guided, clas­sic Aussie food, a thong-throw­ing com­pe­ti­tion, and a gi­ant wa­ter fight.

Ibis Styles Kar­ratha is of­fer­ing an Aus­tralia Day spe­cial for lunch, serv­ing up a spe­cial plate of roast pork and lamb, straight from the spit with all-you- can-eat sal­ads for $25.

Shire of Ash­bur­ton

Each town in the Shire of Ash­bur­ton will have its own com­mu­nity event for the na­tional hol­i­day this year.

In Tom Price, the Vic Hay­ton Me­mo­rial Swim­ming Pool will have free en­try from 9am-11am.

The event will fea­ture the Aus­tralia Day Awards, a school hol­i­day raft re­gatta chal­lenge, a DJ, and pool games run by St John Am­bu­lance.

There will also be a free ba­con and egg break­fast supplied by Sodexo and cooked by the Tom Price Swim Club.

Tom Price’s Moun­tain View Sport­ing Club will cel­e­brate the oc­ca­sion a few days later, on Satur­day, Jan­uary 28, at an event fea­tur­ing an out­side bar­be­cue and live mu­sic from 7pm.

The Onslow Sports Club is host­ing an af­ter­noon event packed with ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing an of­fi­cial cer­e­mony and a sausage siz­zle, as well as games, a wa­ter slide and a live band.

Parabur­doo res­i­dents can cel­e­brate Aus­tralia Day at the Quentin Broad Swim­ming Pool from 4.30pm-8.30pm.

Aus­tralia Day Awards, a raft re­gatta race, pool games, a DJ, a free sausage siz­zle by the Parabur­doo Am­a­teur Swim­ming Club and an out­door movie screen­ing of Blinky Bill the Movie will be part of the big day.

In Pan­na­won­ica, the town swim­ming cen­tre will host a free Aus­tralia Day event from 8am-11am in­volv­ing an awards cer­e­mony, pool games and and a free break­fast.

Shire of Ash­bur­ton pres­i­dent Kerry White said Aus­tralia Day was an im­por­tant pub­lic hol­i­day for res­i­dents and the Shire was proud to be putting on free fam­ily events in all towns.

“We recog­nise it is im­por­tant to cel­e­brate what makes our coun­try such an amaz­ing place to live, which is per­son­i­fied within each of our won­der­ful towns,” she said.

“It is also a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity to ac­knowl­edge out­stand­ing res­i­dents who con­tribute so richly to our com­mu­ni­ties.”

Shire of Ex­mouth

In Ex­mouth, the Shire’s for­mer Aus­tralia Day re­gatta is re­turn­ing by pop­u­lar de­mand af­ter tak­ing a short break.

The boat race will be on at the Pal­tridge Me­mo­rial Pool from 9am-noon and chal­lenges com­peti­tors to as­sem­ble boats us­ing only plas­tic bot­tles of 10 litres or less, tape, and rope.

A free bar­be­cue break­fast will kick things off at 9am, and there will also be an aqua run, an award for the best Aussie cos­tume, and wa­ter games for fam­i­lies to take part in.

The Shire of Ex­mouth Aus­tralia Day Awards will be pre­sented at the pool dur­ing the morn­ing.

Mean­while, the Ex­mouth Yacht Club has part­nered with Ex­mouth Events Man­age­ment to hold a fam­ily-friendly Fi­esta By The Sea con­cert in the evening, be­gin­ning at 4pm.

Head­lin­ing the en­ter­tain­ment line-up will be Syd­ney band Kal­l­i­dad, who will play two sets dur­ing the night.

Mar­garet River band the Lost Thy­lacines and lo­cal DJ Heavy-T will also per­form.

Ex­mouth Events Man­age­ment owner Branka King said the beach­side venue was ideal and the pro­fes­sional per­form­ers were sure to get peo­ple up and danc­ing.

“We’ve got Kal­l­i­dad com­ing up, they’re ab­so­lutely fan­tas­tic, a real dance band,” she said.

“We ba­si­cally want to get every­one down there from 4pm-mid­night . . . the kitchen will be open, the mu­sic will be play­ing, and it should be a great night.”

Guests will be able to re­lax by the pool and food will be pro­vided.

Fi­esta tick­ets are $42 and are avail­able from Ex­mouth’s Idaho Bou­tique or on­line at try­book­ing. com.

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Per­era

The North fam­ily Chelsey, 10, Ka­t­rina, Da­mon, 5, and An­drew at the Kar­ratha Leisure­plex for Aus­tralia Day last year.

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

Fire­works will go off at the Kar­ratha Leisure­plex.

The Paul fam­ily — Tin­dan, 7, Ochea, 4, Mishai, 1, and Daniel cel­e­brated Michelle be­com­ing a ci­ti­zen last Aus­tralia Day.

Pic­ture: Louise Alling­ham

Aimee Try, Peter Long, John Lally, Rose Best, Rod Holmes, Tracey Payne, and Ian McGil­vray at the Kar­ratha 2016 awards.

Pic­ture: Julie Glover

Re­gatta raft races are part of the Aus­tralia Day cel­e­bra­tions in sev­eral Pil­bara towns this year.

Pic­ture: Rourke Walsh

Ian McGil­vray and Harry Chil­vers cook a sausage siz­zle at the Dampier Com­mu­nity As­so­ci­a­tion Aus­tralia Day bar­be­cue in 2012.

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