Federation Festival preparations underway
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.