Great Aussie Arvo

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FLOOD CRISIS -

MOSS­MAN’S Aus­tralia Day fes­tiv­i­ties are set to top last year’s wet cel­e­bra­tions with “A Great Aussie Arvo” com­mu­nity event which will award the best dressed Aussie.

“A Great Aussie Arvo” is set to take place at Moss­man’s Indoor Sports Cen­tre Grounds be­tween 2-5pm.

Or­gan­iser Janet Goodall en­cour­aged lo­cals to come along and en­joy the great fam­ily day out, which is spon­sored by Cairns Re­gional Coun­cil.

“I love or­gan­is­ing the event ev­ery year as I am a born and bred Aus­tralian and I love just get­ting peo­ple to­gether to have a good time,” she said.

“We have al­ways had a com­mu­nity Aus­tralia Day event in Moss­man at the park how­ever I had to can­cel a lot of the ac­tiv­i­ties last year be­cause of the rain.

“This year is go­ing to have a range of fam­ily ac­tiv­i­ties for all ages and will be held both in­side and out­side of the Indoor Sports Cen­tre to avoid the wet weather.”

The fes­tiv­i­ties will kick off with lan­guage songs per- formed by lo­cal in­dige­nous singers to recog­nise the tra­di­tional own­ers at 2pm fol­lowed by an Aus­tralian flag-rais­ing cer­e­mony.

At 2.30pm there will be line danc­ing lessons with Ma­rina fol­lowed by Aus­tralian songs and tra­di­tional games such as three-legged races, potato races, sock races, egg and spoon races, com­edy ball games and a tug-a-war.

There will also be an Aus­tralian colour­ing-in com­pe­ti­tion for the kids and a Coo-ee con­test.

Kids can get ex­cited as there will be a jump­ing cas­tle, bungy run, face paint­ing, an ice-cream van, lam­ing­tons and soft drinks.

The fes­tiv­i­ties will wrap up with Di­vi­sion 10 councillor Ju­lia Leu cut­ting the Aus­tralia Day cake af­ter the judg­ing of the best dressed Aussie and a tro­phy pre­sen­ta­tion for best in­di­vid­ual Christ­mas lights and best street Christ­mas dec­o­ra­tions for 2010.

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