On Australia Day 2015 the Foreshore will be alive with festivities and packed with your fellow Australians. This Australia Day we are celebrating more than a country, we are celebrating a community that is 26 million strong and growing.
1. Welcome to Country
10am Main Stage
The City of Greater Geraldton values all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Their culture is acknowledged through a Welcome to Country which will be presented by Amangu Elder Mr Graham Taylor. The Amangu People would like to welcome all new Australians to Yamaji Country.
2. Citizenship Ceremony
10.05am Stow Gardens
The City of Greater Geraldton willwelcome new citizens on AustraliaDay. The City will hold a Citizenship Ceremony at Stow Gardens with applicants from all over the world becoming proud Australians on this special day, a memorable day as they become an Australian on the Nation’s birthday.This will be followed by the national anthem with Sing Australia, flag raisingceremony with the TS MorrowCadets and Batavia Coast PipeBand.
3. Australia Day Awards in Geraldton and Mullewa
11am Main Stage
The “Premier’s Australia Day Active Citizenship Awards 2015” will be awarded to local community members in both Geraldton and Mullewa.
4. Mullewa Australia Day celebrations
8am – 11am Mullewa Swimming Pool
Mullewa Australia Day celebrations are happening at the Mullewa Swimming Pool. It’sfree for all, with the pool opening at 8am and a bundle of entertainment. Come and enjoy the BBQ breakfast from 8am and the awards at 10am.
5. Woolworths Australia Day Ambassador Clint Heal address
11.30am – Stow GardensAt the age of just 22, Clinton Heal was diagnosed with Metastatic Melanoma. During the last eight years he has had over 30 secondary tumors removed from all over his body. When Clinton was initially diagnosed he discovered that there was nowhere to go for help, support or information in WA. He is the founder of Melanoma WA and was named Young Australian of the Year in 2011.
6. Ocean Swim Series
7am – 10am Champion Beach
Join the Champion Bay Surf Life Saving Club for the Surf Life Saving WA Ocean Swim Series. Categories include junior, team or individual. Registrations can be done on the day between 7am and 8am on the day or e-mail your interest to firstname.lastname@example.org
7. Kids Beach Party
10am Champion Bay
Kicking off at 10am where kids can join in all the fun with bouncy castles, water slides and activity castles. Tuck into the tasty Australia Day cake, baked by the GG Prison Chefs.
Find us at the Life Saving Hut, Champion Bay.
8. City of Greater Geraldton’s Sand Sculpture Competition
9am – 3pm – Front Beach
Form a team of 4 to create an amazing sand sculpture and bag a prize.
First Prize: $2,000
Second Prize: $1,000
Third Prize: $500
Watch WA sand sculpture Extraordinaire’s Tim Darby, Erika Monique and Roxanne Grant. Sponsors WBHO Civil and Patience Sandland will be on the judging panel.
9. City of Greater Geraldton’s Youth Hangout
2pm – 6pm – In front of the GYC
Come down one and all, to the foreshore CBD. Hangout with all your friends, feel the Gero breeze and listen to the music as you’re relaxing by the sea. Wear you Aussie colours because it’s the place to be. The Youth Hangout space you’ll want to be there for sure.
And when the day is finished you will be asking for more!
10. Rotary Club of Geraldton Seniors’ Afternoon Tea and Concert
2pm – 4pmQEII Centre
Seniors of the Midwest are welcomed to join the Rotary Club of Geraldton to enjoy a FREE afternoon tea and to enjoy live performances by the Geraldton City Band and other entertainers.
11. YANAYI, KICK OF YOUR JINABUGAS AND COME HAVE A YARN”
9.30am – 11.30am – Front Beach
Have you got a story that’s close to your heart about your aboriginal culture and Language?
Yanayi, we wanna hear about some of your language stories.
Have you got something you would like to share with your community?
Come join in and have a yarn with us!
12. Ocean/Beach Activities
Kite West and Geraldton Airline Free Lessons: 10am-2pm at Front Beach
GYC Annual Sail Regatta: 10am – 12noon at Front Beach
Batavia Long Boat: 12noon – 4pm at Front Beach
Midwest Surf School: TARP Surfing at 10am – 2pm at Town Beach
WACA Cricket: 10am – 2pm – Champion Bay
13. Community Groups
Cadets Twin River Guards: 10am – 2pm, east of Dome
Batavia Coast Veteran and Classic Cars: 10am – 2pm, east of Dome
Geraldton Dog Rescue, paint a parasol in your favourite colours, whilst raising much needed funds for the organisation: 10am – 2pm, Main Stage.
14. Free Rides
The Foreshore All day
Aero Bungy, Girogalatic Wheel, Obstacle Course, Rock N Roll Ring, Water Slides, Comedy Emporium, APEX, Gero Inline Hockey.
15. Men’s Shed Demonstrations
10am – 2pm, 13 Foreshore Drive
The Geraldton Men’s Shed will be open with demonstrations between 10am and 2pm.
See demonstrations of wood turning, creating bush instruments and project display. Products will be for sale and members on hand to provide information about what the Men’s Shed does. Located at 13 Foreshore Drive.
All Day, Main Stage area
Support your local stall holders, selling food, drink, art, crafts, precious stones and much more at the Main Stage and Geraldton Yatch Club location.
Main Stage Line Up:
10am: Welcome to Country with Elder Graham Taylor
10.05am: Citizenship Ceremony
11am: Premiers Australia Active Awards
12pm: Flag raising ceremony with the TS Morrow Cadets& Batavia Coast Pipe Band
12.15-12.45pm: The Inks
1-2pm: Combined churches
2.10-2.50pm: Kerry Batavia Coast Dance Company
2.55pm – 3.35pm: All Things Dance
3.40pm-4pm: Sand sculpture finalists announced
4.30pm – 4.45pm: The Comedy Emporium& Apex Games
4.45pm: KELMAC AVIATION aerial stunts
TOYOTA OH WHAT A FEELING FAMILY CONCERT
4.45pm -5.30pm: Stolen Company
5.40-6.25pm: The Stratospherics
6.35-7.15pm: Reno James
7.30-8.15pm: Darren Reid and the Soul City Grooves
8.15-8.30pm: MC Round Up
8.30-8.45pm: Sunset Ceremony
8.45-8.55pm: Market Creations and Geraldton Data Centre Fireworks Show
8.55-10pm: Darren Reid and the Soul City Groove