Oz Day at Tyalgum
By LUIS FELIU
TWEED Shire's main Australia Day celebrations this year, including its citizenship ceremony, will be held in the village of Tyalgum.
Hundreds of locals are also set to turn out at the other official Australia Day celebrations, activities and award presentations to be held on Thursday, January 26, at Burringbar, Chillingham, Kingscliff, Murwillumbah, Pottsville, Tumbulgum and Uki.
At Tyalgum, activities will take place at Tyalgum Hall and Bruce Bartrim Oval starting with a 7am Aussie breakfast in the hall. The annual Tyalgum cycle race will kick off at 8am, while another feature of the big day includes junior and senior cricket team matches between "Australia" and "India" at the village oval.
A village march, Anzac biscuits and damper competition will take place in the morning, while the citizenship ceremony and presentation of awards will take place from 11am, followed by a barbecue lunch.
Burringbar's Australia Day celebrations feature the Gold Coast MG Car Club, traditional Aussie songs, a Rural Fire Service demonstration, eight-a-side cricket, fishing (casting) competition and lots of children's activities.
Chillingham's celebrations include a cooking competition and sausage sizzle.
At Kingscliff's Lions Park, celebrations include a breakfast in the park and entertainment by Paul Ensby.
Murwillumbah's Knox Park will come alive with celebrations from 7am, including a big sausage sizzle.
Pottsville Bowls Club is the venue for the coastal village's celebrations which include a "bowls spider" contest, damper and biscuits competition and sausage sizzle.
Tumbulgum's Brian Breckenridge Field is the venue for a free sausage sizzle breakfast before traditional activities including children's and adults' novelty events such as gumboot throwing with market stalls and local musicians from noon to 4pm.
At Uki's sport and recreation ground, cricket, damper competition, morning tea and children's events will be held with other novelty events and games.