Aussie fun: Mad Sports’ Geoff Grey tests out his new slip and slide with Tweed youngsters Jake Stewart, Lincoln Bilson and Jesse Grey.
Aussie fun: Mad Sports’ Geoff Grey tests out his new slip and slide with Tweed youngsters Jake Stewart, Lincoln Bilson and Jesse Grey. Scott Powick

Big plans for Australia Day

TWEED Valley residents are gearing up for a huge Australia Day on Wednesday, with events planned all over the shire.

The crew from Mad Sports at Casuarina was a huge success at Tweed Heads last year and is set to re-ignite the excitement on January 26 with thong throwing, thongy ball, cricket and a 30-metre slip and slide.

Mad Sports manager Geoff Grey will run the special event at Chris Cunningham Park on Wharf Street, Tweed Heads.

“The focus is on participation,” he said.

“Our activities are non-threatening and totally interactive.”

The official Tweed shire event will be held atBogangar Public School where the 2011 Tweed Citizens of the Year will be honoured.

The event will be attended by Richmond MP Justine Elliot, Tweed MP Geoff Provest, Mayor Kevin Skinner, and Tweed Shire Australia Day ambassador Steve Bastoni.

The Kingscliff Lions Park will host breakfast in the park with entertainment by Paul Ensby Band, and the traditional tug-o-war competitions.

The Pottsville Bowls Club is getting ready for Shirts and Skirts – a casual competition – followed by a damper and Anzac biscuit-making competition.

Budd Park in Murwillumbah will fire up a free barbecue breakfast, with music by the Murwillumbah Philharmonic Society plus the traditional sack race, gum-boot throwing, and tug-o-war.

Uki Sports and Recreation Ground will run a damper competition, billy tea and children’s events.

Brian Breckenridge Field, Tumbulgum, Tyalgum Hall and Burringbar sports grounds have also organised a fun range of activities.



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