In 2016 we welcome to Gloucester this year’s Ambassador Jacinta Tynan who will deliver the Australia Day address and will present the Australia Day Citizen of the Year Award. Jacinta is an advocate for teenage mentoring and is patron of Sister2Sister – a mentor program for disadvantaged teenage girls, which has changed the lives of hundreds of young women since it began ten years ago.
The Australia Day Ambassador Program sends high achieving and proud Australians to local Australia Day celebrations in towns and cities across the nation. The Program supports the growth of Australia Day celebrations in NSW, through the involvement of high achieving and distinguished Australians who come from a wide range of backgrounds.
Gloucester’s Australia Day celebrations commence at 8.00am in the Billabong Park with Welcome to Country ceremony by elder Norma Fisher followed by the raising of the flag and our traditional Australian breakfast of bacon, egg and sausage sandwiches, expertly prepared by CWA, Quota, Lions and Rotary Clubs. A gold coin donation will be appreciated to assist in offsetting growing costs of this event.
At 9.00am, the formal part of the program will commence with key note addresses from the Mayor, and Ambassador. Awards presentations will be made to the winners of the Colouring-in Competition, Best Shop Display, Project of the Year, Citizen and Young Citizen of the Year.
The Australia Day Committee Chair Judy Earle encourages children, young people, mums, dads, grandparents and visitors to attend Gloucester’s unique breakfast and official program of events and to enjoy coming together in a spirit of friendship and community on this special day in our National and local calendar.
8.00 am Welcome to Country; flag raising and anthem; thanksgiving prayer
8.15 am Australia Day Breakfast
9.00 am Entertainment by Gloucester High School students
9.15 am Welcome to Guests; High School Captains Address; Official Mayoral Welcome; Ambassador’s Address
9.45 am Awards Presentations: Colouring-in Competition; Best Business Displays; Project of the Year; Young Citizen of the Year; Citizen of the Year
10.30 am Official Ceremony concludes
2.00pm-7.00pm Olympic Pool Gala Evening at Gloucester Swimming Pool: Free entry with food and drinks available from the pool canteen. The evening will be an easy going atmosphere and families are encouraged to become involved.