Day held cel­e­bra­tion, awards and new cit­i­zens

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - PENINSULA SNAPSHOT -

A RECORD num­ber peo­ple flocked to Sir James Mitchell Park to cel­e­brate Aus­tralia Day this year.

Span­ning over 10 hectares along the South Perth fore­shore, the City of South Perth’s Cel­e­bra­tion Zone boasted seven ac­tiv­ity ar­eas and wel­comed a crowd of about 70,000 peo­ple.

New to WA, the Water­wars and Down­pour Derby were a hit with young and old alike, of­fer­ing par­tic­i­pants the op­por­tu­nity to fling biodegrad­able wa­ter bombs and tip buck­ets of wa­ter on one an­other.

City of South Perth Mayor Sue Do­herty said it was fan­tas­tic to see so many peo­ple tak­ing part in the fam­ily-friendly ac­tiv­i­ties.

“While this fan­tas­tic event en­ter­tained over 70,000 peo­ple, it would not have been pos­si­ble with­out the ded­i­ca­tion of the 150 vol­un­teers,” she said.

Be­fore the cel­e­bra­tion zone was opened, the Ac­tive Cit­i­zen­ship Cer­e­mony Awards were held and res­i­dent Ce­cilia Brooke was an­nounced as South Perth Ci­ti­zen of the Year.

“The City con­grat­u­lates all the nom­i­nees and award win­ners,” Mayor Do­herty said.

Dur­ing the cer­e­mony, the City also wel­comed 65 new Aus­tralian cit­i­zens to the South Perth com­mu­nity, com­ing from more than 27 dif­fer­ent coun­tries.

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