Australia Day celebrations in the Macleay Valley

Community life - 16 January 2017

The community is invited to attend the 2017 Australia Day Awards Ceremony, being held on Australia Day Eve, 25 January.

The event will include a Welcome to Country by Uncle Bob Smith, a citizenship ceremony, and announcement of the winners of this year’s Australia Day Awards in the following categories: Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year, Community Group of the Year, and Volunteer of the Year.

The ceremony will also include an address from the Australia Day Ambassador, mental health advocate, Nic Newling. Having lived through the experience of suffering with a mood disorder throughout high school and losing his brother to suicide, Nic has since dedicated his life to changing the way mental illness is addressed in schools, workplaces, and communities.

The ceremony will be held on 25 January from 5pm at the Slim Dusty Centre, located at 490 Macleay Valley Way, South Kempsey.

The following day, as part of the wider Australia Day celebrations being held across the Shire, the Crescent Head Lions Club will host its traditional barbecue breakfast at the Crescent Head Rotunda from 7:30am. The winners of the Crescent Head Citizen of the Year, Young Achiever and Sportsperson of the Year Awards will also be announced. 

The South West Rocks Lions Club will be hosting a free sausage sizzle and a cup of tea or coffee from 7am at the Horseshoe Bay Shelter Shed, located at Horseshoe Bay Reserve, Livingstone Street.

Kempsey Shire Mayor, Liz Campbell, said residents and visitors to the area are welcome to attend the Awards ceremony or any of the community celebrations taking place on 26 January.  

“Everyone in our valley is welcome to join in the festivities as the community comes together to celebrate what is at the heart of being an Australian,” Cr Campbell said.

Nic Newling The Australia Day Ambassador for the Kempsey Shire for 2017 is motivational speaker and mental health advocate, Nic Newling.