An amaz­ing day out

About 50,000 peo­ple are ex­pected to flood the South Perth Fore­shore dur­ing the af­ter­noon on Aus­tralia Day for games and ac­tiv­i­ties, such as the Maze Box.

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - FRONT PAGE - Aaron Cor­lett

ABOUT 50,000 peo­ple are ex­pected to flock to the South Perth Fore­shore for ac­tiv­i­ties dur­ing the af­ter­noon on Aus­tralia Day.

The day’s cel­e­bra­tions will be­gin with a cer­e­mony at 8am, which in­cludes a fla­grais­ing cer­e­mony, cit­i­zen­ship cer­e­mony and the pre­sen­ta­tion of the Aus­tralia Day WA Cit­i­zen of the Year Awards be­fore a bar­be­cue morn­ing break­fast.

The Cel­e­bra­tion Zone starts from 3pm to 7.30pm, which in­cludes about 100 free and fun ac­tiv­i­ties suit­able for tod­dlers through to adults.

About 150,000 peo­ple are then ex­pected to watch the City of Perth Sky­works fire­works dis­play from the South Perth Fore­shore.

One of the at­trac­tions dur­ing the af­ter­noon is the Maze Box, which has come from Bel­gium and is set to thrill kids.

City of South Perth events man­ager Peter Roaen said the at­trac­tion was some­thing he used to or­gan­ise at fairs and events in his home­land.

“The in­ven­tor no longer makes them but I had the build­ing plans,” he said.

“My brother-in-law works at a school in An­twerp and he got the stu­dents to make the box over two years.

“Com­mu­nity events com­pany Out of the Box then added some paint and sound ef­fects and then it was tested at the Rot­tnest Is­land Car­ni­vale, where it was very pop­u­lar.

“It can be ex­cit­ing but a bit scary for kids but there are emer­gency ex­its and plenty of holes for air cir­cu­la­tion.”

Mr Roaen said the coun­cil tried to in­tro­duce some­thing new each year.

“This year we have five new at­trac­tions, in­clud­ing the Maze Box but they aren’t al­ways big, ex­pen­sive ac­tiv­i­ties,” he said.

The Town of Vic­to­ria Park is hold­ing a cit­i­zen­ship cer­e­mony to wel­come new Aus­tralians fol­lowed by the pre­sen­ta­tion of the Aus­tralia Day Cit­i­zen­ship Award win­ners from 9am at Me­mo­rial Gar­dens in Vic­to­ria Park.

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son­mu­ni­typix. d463891

Ready to cel­e­brate Aus­tralia are: front (from left) Kobi Nguyen, Yara Roaen with “Get” and Madi­son Louw; back (from left) Alice An­netts, Yindi Roaen, Ben Nguyen, Zoe Louw and Ja­cob Mel­lor.

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son

Thriller: The Maze Box will be a fea­ture in South Perth. d463891

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