This year’s Byron Shire Australia Day ambassador is Dr Clio Cresswell, a gifted mathematician who has written a book titled (appropriately for Byron) Mathematics and Sex.
But the mathematics that the University of Sydney senior lecturer is most often called upon to explain is… what are the odds of winning Lotto?
Byron mayor Simon Richardson welcomed Dr Creswell, who will help the shire’s residents celebrate Australia Day at their choice of many events being held on the day.
Mayor Simon Richardson said ‘whether you feel like joining a community breakfast in Brunswick or Byron, taking part in the family fun days at Suffolk Park and Bangalow, celebrating the Survival of Indigenous Culture in Byron Bay, or throwing a mullet at Ocean Shores, it’s a day about fun and spending time together as a community.’
The official 2016 Australia Day will be hosted by the Rotary Club of Byron Bay from 11am to 1pm at the Byron Bay Services Club. The Australia Day address features local identity Warren Simmons.
The shire’s citizens of the year will also be announced on the day with the Australia Day awards providing an opportunity to recognise local people who have been nominated by their community for their achievements and service to Byron Shire.
‘It’s always an honour to say ‘thank you’ on Australia Day to our inspiring locals who give generously to our communities,’ mayor Richardson said.
Byron Shire will also welcome 20 new citizens as part of Australia Day 2016 celebrations. The new citizens have arrived from Germany, Brazil, France, Canada, South Africa, Netherlands, United Kingdom, Russia, Denmark, Finland, Italy, Sri Lanka, New Zealand and United States of America.
Program of Events – Tuesday 26 January 2016
Breakfast in the Park (Rotary Club of Mullumbimby)
Time: 7.30am – 10.00am
Where: Housie Tent, Banner Park, Brunswick Heads
Free bus travel from Mullumbimby Newsagent at 7.30am courtesy of Blanches Coaches and returning to Mullumbimby at 10.00am, Breakfast $4.00, free Australian flags, live music, singalong
Breakfast in the Park (Rotary Club of Byron Bay)
Time: 7.30am – 11.00am
Where: Next to the Byron Bay Surf Club, Main Beach
Light refreshments, free Australian flags, live entertainment
Official Ceremony (Rotary Club of Byron Bay)
Time: 11.00am – 1.00pm
Where: Byron Bay Services Club
Australia Day Ambassador, Australia Day Address, Community Awards, Citizenship Ceremony
Celebration of the Survival of Indigenous Culture (The Sisters for Reconciliation)
Time: 11.00am – 2.30pm
Where: Byron Bay Main Beach Park, Cavanbah/Byron Bay
Alcohol free event, music and dancing, kids activities
Fun Afternoon (Byron Rural Fire Brigade)
Time: 12 noon – 5.00pm
Where: Gaggin Park, Alcorn Street, Suffolk Park
Free Sausage sizzle, celebration cake, drinks, free Australian flags, children’s entertainment, music
Aussie BBQ (Ocean Shores Community Association)
Time: 3.00pm – 5.00pm
Where: Ocean Shores Public School
To be confirmed: Free Sausage sizzle, ice pops, celebration cake, drinks, Australian flags, music, mullet throwing championship, singalong
For more details contact 6680 1108 or www.osca.org.au
Australia Day at the Mullum Pool (Brunswick Valley Historical Society/Mullumbimby Pool/Mullumbimby Chamber of Commerce)
Time: 3.00pm – 6.00pm
Where: Mullumbimby Petria Thomas Memorial Pool
BBQ, inflatables, thong throwing contest, busker
Bangalow Museum and Tearoom (Bangalow Historical Society)
Time: 4.00pm – 6.00pm
Where: Heritage House, cnr Deacon and Ashton Streets, Bangalow
Adult and children’s supper, childrens entertainment, Ukulele band