Coffs Harbour will join towns and regions
across the nation in welcoming our newest citizens as part of our Australia Day
A total of 68 people from 18 countries will
become Australian citizens in a special ceremony at the Regional Botanic Garden
on January 26.
“Australia Day is a special day for all
Australians to acknowledge what we love about this nation and a chance for us
to celebrate our Australian citizenship whether we are Australian by birth or
by choice,” Said Coffs Harbour Mayor, Councillor Denise Knight.
“Everyone is welcome to come down to the ceremony to show their support
for our newest Australians. Then why not stay on at the Garden for the Saltwater Freshwater Festival which celebrates Australia’s oldest culture with music, dance, stories,
crafts, language, art, ceremony, children’s and youth activities, workshops,
yarn space and food.
“I encourage all Australians - new and old
- to join in Coffs Harbour’s Australia Day events and celebrate all that is
great about our nation.”
Australia Day events will be held at Coffs
Harbour Regional Botanic Garden, Hardacre Street, Coffs Harbour, with:
The ceremonies will be followed immediately
by the start of the popular Saltwater Freshwater Festival
presented by the Saltwater Freshwater
Arts Alliance Aboriginal Corporation. This is a day of free live music,
including Archie Roach, Emma Donovan & the Putbacks, Radical Son, Briggs
and DidJital. Enjoy traditional and contemporary dance performances from local,
regional and national dancers. Then shake a leg and join in a dance workshop!
Get hands on with weaving, canoe-making, language, art and craft workshops.
Listen to local storytellers and learn about bush tucker. There will also be an
array of arts, crafts, jewellery, homewares, clothing, food and much, much
Bring along a rug or chair and have a
picnic or enjoy the food on offer.