Fun and civic celebrations on Australia Day

THE two local councils will bestow citizenship awards and community groups will stage events with an open invitation on Australia Day this Friday, January 26.

The Derwent Valley Council is going it alone again with an Australia Day Awards ceremony in Circle St rather than joining with the activities on the New Norfolk Esplanade. At 9am on January 26 the council will name this year’s Australia Day Award recipients. Light refreshments will be provided after the presentations.

If you’d like to have a go at thong-throwing, three-legged races, egg-and-spoon races and many more activities on Australia Day, head down to the New Norfolk Esplanade where there’ll be fun for the young and not so young presented by the Lions Club of New Norfolk and friends. Their free Australia Day event will be run from 11am to 2.30pm. After the family-fun activities there will be a free concert by Adam D’Silva and band from 12.30-2pm. Plentiful parking will be available on the grounds (enter near bowls club).

Further afield in the municipality, the Maydena Community Association will once again stage its Australia Day fun run and walk to Junee Cave, followed by a sausage sizzle and games at the Mayne St park.

The Central Highlands Council will celebrate its community champions at its Australia Day Awards event. This will be held at the Bothwell Football Club and Community Centre from 11am-1.30pm on January 26. Awards will be presented in the categories of Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year, and Community Event of the Year. After the ceremony there will be a free barbecue and music by Bridget Pross. Those interested in attending are asked to notify Kat Cullen on 6286 3202 or email

January 26

9am: Presentation of Australia Day Awards at the flagpoles outside the Derwent Valley Council Chambers, Circle St. Refreshments afterwards.

January 26

11am: Welcome and acknowledgements.
11.10am-noon: Lions free sausage sizzle, glitter tattoos, badge making, giant Jenga, giant Connect 4, giant noughts and crosses, quoits, Auskick, handball, football games, Scouts activities.
11.45am: Novelty races.
12.30–1.30pm: Try the activities you missed in the first session (see above).
12.30pm: Adam D’Sliva and band free concert.

Scoopy Doo ice cream van, Sweet Nesting Co and Sage and Lilly catering will be in attendance. First aid will be provided by Frontline Care. The following information has been received from some of the participants:

  • Sage & Lilly is a beloved vintage coffee van. Built by Woody’s Caravans it has beautiful polished timber, a bright white and matte sage colour exterior. It proudly serves Villino Coffee beans, a coffee roaster based in Moonah. Sage & Lilly has a passion for high quality ingredients and supporting locals and they love to pair their coffee with the best milks available. They also sell high quality pastries made by Crisp & Sweet based in Claremont.
  • Kids in the Valley will provide activities for the kids including glitter tattoos, badge making and watercolour paints.
  • D’FAT will have giant Connect 4, noughts and crosses, jenga, quoits and cornhole. They will again share their tug of war rope with the junior football club.
  • Scoopy Doo Soft Serve Ice Cream has called the Derwent Valley home for the past two years. The ice cream van is a retro classic selling all the popular soft serve ice creams from a traditional Italian machine. You can order the famous choc top, sherbet or even the rocket. If you’re after a delicious handmade soft serve Scoopy Doo has the lot.
  • Sweet Nesting Co is pleased to be joining the Australia Day celebrations on the New Norfolk Esplanade, bringing some of their goodies with a touch of Australian favourites from lamingtons to their popular green and gold doughnuts available for purchase.
  • The New Norfolk Junior Football Club’s activities will include handball skills, kicking and marking and Auskick games.

This is a smoke-free and alcohol-free event presented by the Lions Club of New Norfolk, Kids in the Valley, D’FAT, New Norfolk Junior Football Club, New Norfolk Panthers Soccer Club and the New Norfolk Scouts. Funding has been received from the Derwent Valley Council, Australia Day Council. Sponsorship has been provided by New Norfolk and Derwent Valley News.

January 26
10.30am: Start of walk to Junee Cave leaves Mayne St park. A free barbecue and games will be held on return.

January 26
11am: Presentation of Australia Day Awards at Bothwell Football Club.
11.30am: Free barbecue, giveaways and Bridget Pross concert.

Picture: Kerry Kievit, left, Mia Hall, 9, and Kate Hall are flying the flag for Australia Day.

See more Derwent Valley and Central Highlands news online and read our print edition every second Friday.

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