Cel­e­brat­ing to­gether

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - FRONT PAGE - Na­dia Budi­hardjo

In a lit­tle more than a week, these folk will help trans­form South Perth fore­shore into an en­ter­tain­ment mecca for Aus­tralia Day cel­e­bra­tions.

THE City of South Perth has planned a whole day of ac­tiv­i­ties for Aus­tralia Day at Sir James Mitchell Park with a $295,000 grant from Lot­tery­west.

South Metropoli­tan MLC Kate Doust said the funds would be put to­wards the Aus­tralia Day cel­e­bra­tion zone on the South Perth fore­shore and to a range of com­mu­nity events this year.

“The South Perth fore­shore spans 10 hectares and the event pro­vides the op­por­tu­nity for ev­ery­one to come to­gether and en­joy Aus­tralia Day in a safe, al­co­hol and smoke-free en­vi­ron­ment,” she said.

The flag rais­ing cer­e­mony will start at 8am, fol­lowed by a cit­i­zen­ship cer­e­mony and WA Cit­i­zen of the Year awards. The cel­e­bra­tion zone will be open from 3pm to 7.30pm.

There will be 100 free ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing the Di­nosaur Kids train, air­brush tat­toos, The Big Wedgie wa­ter slide and live per­for­mances.

Mayor Sue Do­herty said the Ge­orge Bur­nett Leisure Cen­tre and Civic Cen­tre were eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble from Kwinana Free­way and had am­ple park­ing.

“The City will pro­vide a free shut­tle ser­vice be­tween Ge­orge Bur­nett Leisure Cen­tre in Karawara, the civic cen­tre in South Perth and the event zone,” she said.

“We strongly en­cour­age peo­ple to con­sider us­ing pub­lic trans­port on the day.”

The shut­tle buses will run about ev­ery 10 min­utes from 2pm to 9.30pm, ex­cept dur­ing the fire­works from 7.30pm to 8.30pm.

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Mayor Sue Do­herty with Yindi Roaen, Yara Roaen and per­form­ers Hu­lalu­lal­adies band on the Di­nosaur Kids train.

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Go­ing down The Big Wedgie at Sir James Mitchell Park in South Perth.

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