Fun in the sun and fan­tas­tic fire­works

Pilbara News - - News - Louise Alling­ham

A thong-throw­ing com­pe­ti­tion, fancy dress pa­rade and plas­tic bot­tle boat re­gatta were just some of the ways Pil­bara lo­cals cel­e­brated Aus­tralia Day this year.

The Kar­ratha In­ter­na­tional Ho­tel threw a fam­ily friendly pool party with in­flat­able pool toys, vol­ley­ball, an Aus­tralian menu and Aussie Girl who en­ter­tained the kids with face paint­ing, glit­ter tat­toos and bal­loon twist­ing.

The Tam­brey Tav­ern punters en­joyed the Triple J Hottest 100, a thong-throw­ing com­pe­ti­tion, Aussie food and drink spe­cials and live en­ter­tain­ment from

lo­cal band Mis­guided. Hun­dreds of lo­cal Kar­ratha res­i­dents were un­per­turbed by the threat of rain, gath­er­ing at and in the streets around the Leisure­plex for a fire­works dis­play at night.

Ex­mouth lo­cals gath­ered at the Pal­tridge Me­mo­rial Pool for the boat re­gatta in which par­tic­i­pants made boats out of plas­tic bot­tles, tape and rope.

There was also a free bar­be­cue break­fast, best Aussie cos­tume pa­rade and com­pe­ti­tion and wa­ter games.

The City of Kar­ratha and the Shire of Ex­mouth also held their an­nual Aus­tralia Day Awards where lo­cal res­i­dents were re­warded for their con­tri­bu­tions to their com­mu­ni­ties.

Pic­ture: Alicia Per­era

Sheri­dan, 9, and Cody Kit­tle, 7.

Pic­ture: Donna Koontz

Will Knight, 7, dur­ing the plas­tic bot­tle boat re­gatta.

Pic­ture: Donna Koontz

Es­ther North, 5, of Ex­mouth.

Alling­ham Pic­ture: Louise

Aussie Girl with Ruby Boudville, 3, Jas­mine Boudville, 2, Scar­lett Bal­four, 1, Nella Dol­man, 2, and Harry James Pil­lar, 2.

Pic­ture: Louise Alling­ham

Dee Finch, Gra­ham We­ston and Jac­qui Ho­mann en­joy Aus­tralia Day in style at Kar­ratha In­ter­na­tional Ho­tel.

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

Aus­tralia Day fire­works at the Leisure­plex in Kar­ratha.

Pic­ture: Alicia Per­era

New Aus­tralian cit­i­zen Mette Clifton, sec­ond from left, with Se­bas­tian, 10, Lu­cas, 8, An­drew and Oliver Clifton, 13.

Pic­ture: Louise Alling­ham

Paul Fen­ner, Am­ber Valen­tine, Aaron Todd, Sara Louise Bai­ley and Digby Kelly.

Pic­ture: Shire of Ex­mouth

Shire of Ex­mouth Aus­tralia Day Award win­ners Donna Koontz, Kirra DeJong, Deb Ver­steeg, Jess Dixon, Josh Koontz, Ge­orge Sim­mons and Kyle Preest.

Pic­ture: Alicia Per­era

Rio Tinto rep­re­sen­ta­tive Jes­sica Far­rell and daugh­ter Is­abelle, 2, with Kar­ratha Dampier Lions Club com­mit­tee mem­bers Dee Finch, Wayne Dono­hoe and Kerry Dono­hoe.

Pic­ture: Donna Koontz

Abi­gail North, 3, at the Shire of Ex­mouth's Aus­tralia Day cel­e­bra­tions.

Pic­ture: Louise Alling­ham

Rowdy O'Dowd and Wayne Gor­don.

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