A whole day of enjoying what we love about this great country! Starts 8.00am at Billabong Park with an Aussie barbecue breakfast where you can hear the inspirational Australia Day Ambassador: Paralympian swimmer Taylor Corry.
(In case of wet weather the celebrations will be held at the Recreation Centre). The fun family line-up includes barbecue breakfast, award presentations & cutting of the Australia Day cake. The Pool Gala Evening starts at 2pm will include free entry to the Olympic Pool complex in Gloucester District Park, the Rotary Club fundraising barbecue, a lolly drop & entertainment.
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. The 2018 Australia Day Ambassador for Gloucester is Taylor Corry, an Australian S14 swimmer who won two silver medals at the London 2012 Summer Paralympics.
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 our local charitable organisations CWA, Quota, Lions & 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 addresses from the Deputy Mayor & Ambassador. Awards presentations will be made to the winners of the Colouring-in Competition, Best Dressed, Project of the Year, & Young Citizen of the Year.
8.00 am Program Outline by Deputy Mayor Katheryn Smith; Welcome to Country Elder by Norma Fisher; Flag Raising Ceremony & Anthem by RSL Sub Branch; Thanksgiving Prayer by Pastor Ty Soupidis
8.15 am Australia Day Breakfast by CWA/Quota/Lions/Rotary Clubs
9.00 am Entertainment by Gloucester High School Students
9.15am Citizenship Ceremony by Deputy Mayor Katheryn Smith
9.30 am Best Dressed Competition by Janine Mitchell, Mia Bowden & Liam Chester; Colouring-in Competition by Leonie Benson & Chair Judy Earle
9.45 am Welcome to Guests by Chair Judy Earle; High School Captains Address by Mia Bowden & Liam Chester; Keynote Addresses: Official Welcome by Deputy Mayor Katheryn Smith; Address by Federal Member Dr David Gillespie MP; Ambassador’s Address by Ambassador Taylor Corry
10.00 am Awards Presentations: Best Business Displays by Chair Judy Earle & Ambassador Taylor Corry; Present Nominees by Deputy Mayor Katheryn Smith; Project of the Year by Dr David Gillespie MP; Young Citizen of the Year by Ambassador Taylor Corry; Cutting of the Cake, Ambassador pin & Service Club thankyou by Chair Judy Earle.
10.30 am Official Ceremony concludes
2.00pm-7.00pm Olympic Pool Gala Evening at Gloucester Swimming Pool: Starts at 2.00pm with free pool entry, a barbecue supplied by the Gloucester Rotary Club, a lolly drop & entertainment.