Fed­er­a­tion Fes­ti­val prepa­ra­tions un­der­way

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Schools, busi­nesses and com­mu­nity groups are be­ing en­cour­age to en­ter a float into the up­com­ing Fed­er­a­tion Fes­ti­val pa­rade, this year tar­get­ing the ‘Aus­tralian lit­er­a­ture’ theme.

The Ro­tary Club of Corowa has al­ready com­menced prepa­ra­tions for the Fed­er­a­tion Fes­ti­val Week­end, with the aim of mak­ing it big­ger and bet­ter than last year.

Tra­di­tion­ally held on the long week­end in Jan­uary each year, the Fed­er­a­tion Fes­ti­val was first held in 1980 and cel­e­brates Corowa’s place in his­tory as the ‘birth­place of fed­er­a­tion’.

This year there will be ex­tra prizes for floats in the Fed­er­a­tion Fes­ti­val pa­rade, held on Sun­day morn­ing, Jan­uary 27 from 10.30am. The start time has been moved for­ward slightly to try and avoid the heat that was ex­pe­ri­enced last year. There will still be three prizes of $200 each which go to the most in­ven­tive, fun­ni­est and best in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the theme. There will also be a new prize of $500 for the best school/pre-school/child-care cen­tre float. The theme for the Fed­er­a­tion Fes­ti­val pa­rade this year is ‘Aus­tralian lit­er­a­ture’, so there is a lot of scope for schools, busi­nesses and com­mu­nity groups to come up with a unique float.

The line up for the B&S Ball has also been fi­nalised. This year it will be held on Aus­tralia Day, Satur­day, Jan­uary 26 in 2019. To kick start the fes­tiv­i­ties out at the Cougars Rugby Ground, Emily Hat­ton and Jade Gibson will be on the Day Stage from 2-6pm. Sil­ver­string Out­laws, Jade Hol­land, Emily Hat­ton and Jade Gibson will be on the main stage from 7pm to mid­night.

The Ro­tary Club runs the Fed­er­a­tion Mar­ket on the first Sun­day of each month and dona­tions from en­try to the mar­ket are used to pro­vide en­ter­tain­ment and fire­works over the Fed­er­a­tion Fes­ti­val Week­end. It will be won­der­ful for the Corowa com­mu­nity to have those fire­works on Aus­tralia Day this year.

The YAC is re­spon­si­ble for ad­vis­ing the NSW Gov­ern­ment on is­sues of im­por­tance to young peo­ple, as well as eval­u­at­ing youthre­lated poli­cies.

Mr Aplin said the YAC is a great op­por­tu­nity for lo­cal youth to rep­re­sent their views on poli­cies and pro­grams af­fect­ing young peo­ple.

“I en­cour­age all lo­cal young peo­ple to ap­ply for the op­por­tu­nity to rep­re­sent our com­mu­nity on the 2019 YAC,” Mr Aplin said.

“Coun­cil mem­ber­ship is open to all NSW res­i­dents be­tween the ages of 12 and 24.”

Min­is­ter re­spon­si­ble for youth, Ray Wil­liams said 12 coun­cil mem­bers are sought from di­verse lo­ca­tions, back­grounds and life ex­pe­ri­ences.

“We aim to se­cure a range of tal­ented young

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“The feed­back re­ceived from the coun­cil plays an im­por­tant role in as­sist­ing the NSW Gov­ern­ment to de­velop ef­fec­tive poli­cies and pro­grams for young peo­ple.”

One of the key roles of the YAC is to pro­vide ad­vice to the Ad­vo­cate for Chil­dren and Young Peo­ple, An­drew John­son.

“The ad­vice of the 2018 NSW Youth Ad­vi­sory Coun­cil has been in­stru­men­tal to ACYP projects through­out the year. The coun­cil has also met with many dif­fer­ent NSW Gov­ern­ment de­part­ments and helped to or­gan­ise events for chil­dren and young peo­ple to have their voices heard,” Mr John­son said.

For more in­for­ma­tion and ap­pli­ca­tion forms please visit the Ad­vo­cate for Chil­dren and Young Peo­ple’s web­site www.acyp.nsw.gov.au or by call­ing (02) 9248 0970. Please note that ap­pli­ca­tions close at 11.59pm on Sun­day, Septem­ber 30.

The Fed­er­a­tion Fes­ti­val was first held in 1980 and will be held on next Aus­tralia Day.

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