Na­tional pride on show

Southern Telegraph - - Front Page - Ce­cilia Allen

The com­mu­nity will unite to cel­e­brate Aus­tralia Day on Fri­day, with events, cit­i­zen­ship cer­e­monies and Com­mu­nity Ci­ti­zen of the Year Awards set to take place in Kwinana and Rock­ing­ham.

Cel­e­bra­tions for the City of Kwinana will take place at the Ad­ven­ture Park from 8.30am, with a free bar­be­cue break­fast avail­able from the Ro­tary Club of Kwinana.

There will be wa­ter slides, a DJ and a visit from some na­tive Aus­tralian an­i­mals. Aus­tralia’s new­est cit­i­zens will be sworn in at a spe­cial cit­i­zen­ship cer­e­mony start­ing at 9.30am, with 48 res­i­dents ready to take the pledge.

The re­cip­i­ents of Kwinana’s 2018 Cit­i­zen­ship Awards will also be pre­sented, in­clud­ing ci­ti­zen of the year, ci­ti­zen of the year — youth, ci­ti­zen of the year — se­nior, and an award for ac­tive cit­i­zen­ship.

“This year, we’re ex­cited to hold our com­mu­nity awards and cit­i­zen­ship cer­e­mony amongst the trees at the Kwinana Ad­ven­ture Park — re­cently named Aus­tralia’s best park,” Mayor Carol Adams said.

“This is the ideal lo­ca­tion for fam­i­lies to en­joy a re­lax­ing morn­ing while chil­dren keep cool in the Splash Pad and wa­ter slides.”

The City of Rock­ing­ham Aus­tralia Day Cit­i­zen­ship Cer­e­mony will start

at 8.30am in the re­cep­tion room at the City’s ad­min­is­tra­tion building, with 70 res­i­dents from Africa, Ger­many, New Zealand, Malaysia and the UK set to be­come cit­i­zens.

The Com­mu­nity Ci­ti­zen of the Year Awards will also be pre­sented at the cer­e­mony.

City of Rock­ing­ham Mayor Barry Sam­mels said the pre­sen­ta­tion of the Com­mu­nity Ci­ti­zen of the Year Awards recog­nised peo­ple and groups who made a dif­fer­ence through their ac­tions and ded­i­cated ser­vice.

“Recog­nis­ing these peo­ple is in­te­gral to foster com­mu­nity pride and is an im­por­tant thread in the fab­ric of the Aus­tralian story, and par­tic­u­larly our lo­cal story in the City of Rock­ing­ham,” he said.

The evening cel­e­bra­tions will take place in Churchill Park from 5pm-8.30pm.

There will be plenty of live en­ter­tain­ment and a range of free chil­dren’s ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing a climb­ing wall, an ob­sta­cle course and face paint­ing.

The smoke and al­co­hol-free event will con­clude with a fire­works dis­play at 8.30pm.

“Aus­tralia Day is an im­por­tant event in the City’s an­nual cal­en­dar be­cause it’s an op­por­tu­nity for the com­mu­nity to come to­gether in the spirit of unity and mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism to cel­e­brate the unique free­dom of be­ing Aus­tralian,” Cr Sam­mels said.

Rock­ing­ham po­lice are en­cour­ag­ing com­mu­nity mem­bers at­tend­ing cel­e­bra­tions at Churchill Park not to bring al­co­hol, to make ap­pro­pri­ate travel plans and to be pa­tient when leav­ing carpark ar­eas.

“WA Po­lice Force will main­tain a highly vis­i­ble polic­ing pres­ence for the du­ra­tion of the event, tar­get­ing an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour, en­forc­ing the Liquor Con­trol Act and de­ter­ring the un­law­ful con­sump­tion of al­co­hol,” Rock­ing­ham po­lice of­fi­cerin-charge Se­nior Sergeant Brett Reyne said. “Pri­vate se­cu­rity is also be­ing em­ployed to as­sist in man­ag­ing the event.

“Po­lice will also be tar­get­ing un­safe driv­ing be­hav­iour in and around the event.”

Pic­ture: Ce­cilia Allen

Cousins Clayton, 10, Ruby, 4, and Lach­lan Re­tal­lack, 8, all of Rock­ing­ham, and Ella Do­herty, 9, of Port Kennedy, are ex­cited to cel­e­brate Aus­tralia Day on Fri­day.

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