19 January 2015 Australia Day Celebrations 2015

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19 January 2015 Australia Day Celebrations 2015

Coffs Harbour will join towns and regions across the nation in welcoming our newest citizens as part of our Australia Day 2015 celebrations.


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:


  • 8.40 am - Flag Raising

  • 8.45 am - Award Ceremony

  • 9.15 am - Citizenship Ceremony

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 more!


Bring along a rug or chair and have a picnic or enjoy the food on offer.