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Rundown for Australia Day this Wednesday

AUSTRALIA Day observances will be held at several locations around the Derwent Valley this Wednesday, January 26, with public events and activities in New Norfolk, Bushy Park and Maydena.

Australia Day Ambassador Sally Wise will speak at a civic function on Arthur Square, New Norfolk. This will be a seated event, involving a public award ceremony and a free concert by the Derwent Valley Concert Band. The band’s Community Winds section will perform for an hour during the two-hour celebration which will be held from 10am-noon.

The Maydena Community Association will hold its traditional fun run and walk from the Mayne St park to the Junee Cave car park and return, starting at 10am. Biscuits and drinks will be provided at the half-way point and a barbecue lunch will be held afterwards, starting around 11.30am.

Bushy Park and New Norfolk swimming pools will offer free entry for family fun between 10am and 6pm on Australia Day. Activities at the pools will include a free barbecue, a beach wear dress-up competition with prizes, as well as pool inflatables and music.

Derwent Valley Australia Day Ambassador Sally Wise lives locally and in 2019 she was named the Tasmanian Senior Australian of the Year. Last year she was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in recognition of her service to culinary and hospitality sectors. She is the author of 15 cookbooks with another on the way. She built the Sally Wise Cooking School at her farm at Molesworth and is a regular guest on ABC radio with a Jams and Preserves talkback.

The Central Highlands Council’s Australia Day Award presentations have been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. A new date will be announced for this event.

All Australia Day events follow COVID-Safe guidelines including social distancing and check-in.

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