Owing to the ongoing wet weather, Byron and Tweed shires have announced the majority of their planned Australia Day events have been cancelled. Lismore Council events, which were mostly planned for Goonellabah Sports and Aquatic Centre, will go ahead. Ballina Shire’s official ceremony at the Lennox Head Community Centre is confirmed but outdoor events have been cancelled.
It is going to be a wet one, so make sure you take an umbrella with you and some good waterproof shoes if you’re planning to spend Australia Day out and about tomorrow.
Byron Shire’s annual ‘breakfasts in the park’ at Brunswick Heads and Byron Bay have been cancelled. The family morning at Heritage House in Bangalow has been postponed until 12 February. From 12noon to 2pm, the Tea Room will be selling a set two-course Australia Day lunch for $15 a head. The Indigenous culture celebration and the family fun afternoon at Suffolk Park are also cancelled. The Aussie tea at 4pm will be relocated to an indoor venue yet to be advised. Byron’s official Australia Day ceremony will definitely take place from 11am to 1pm at the Mullumbimby Civic Hall .
Lismore’s Australia Day celebrations are mostly indoors and will therefore all go ahead, starting off with an Australia Day Ceremony, to be followed by a free morning tea, and then a free all-age ‘Aussie Battlers Survival Day’ event in the afternoon. The Australia Day Ceremony will be held at the Goonellabah Sports and Aquatic Centre commencing at 8.30am. The 11th annual Aussie Battlers Survival Day event will run from noon to 5pm at the Goonellabah Sport and Aquatic Centre.
The official Tweed Shire program planned for the Tyalgum community hall is likely to be moved to Tweed Heads. Presentations to the Tweed Shire award recipients, including Citizen of the Year, Doreen Welsh, will also likely take place at the Civic Centre. Events at Jack Evans Boat Harbour and the barbecue planned for Murwillumbah are cancelled.
The 2012 Ballina Shire Australia official ceremony at Lennox Head Community Centre will go ahead from 9.00 to 10.30am. The ceremony with include the raising of the Australian flag, welcome to country by a local Bundjalung elder, address from Australia Day ambassador Dr Ross Walker, and citizenship and award ceremonies.
Celebrations planned for Williams Reserve, including the Aussie Day Market, have been cancelled.