Chef Rikki-Lee Batchelor is busy making pies and peas for today’s celebrations.
Chef Rikki-Lee Batchelor is busy making pies and peas for today’s celebrations. John Gass

Sink teeth into party

AUSTRALIA Day 2011 promises to be one to remember, with celebrations across the Tweed Shire set to take advantage of the perfect summer day forecasted.

The Ivory Tavern at Tweed Heads has decided to take the traditional Aussie cricket game to the next level with a Nintendo Wii Cricket competition.

General manager Michael Harris said yesterday that prepa- rations were under way for the biggest day on the Australian summer calendar.

“The Wii is being set up tomorrow and my chefs are in the kitchen cooking pies and peas,” he said.

The Ivory Tavern will also stream the Triple J Hottest 100 countdown live.

Adding to the excitement, Tumbulgum residents have decided to celebrate in a slightly less conventional way with a cricket match that will literally split the town in two.

Residents from “around the corner” will take on those “over the bridge” at 10am followed by a barbecue lunch.

For those keen to take the heat off, Chris Cunningham Park will play host to Mad Sports, which had hinted at the possibility of a 30-metre slip and slide to add to the cricket, face painting and thong-throwing competitions.

Chinderah Tavern has pledged to donate all proceeds from their annual Australia Day raffles to the Premier’s Flood Appeal.

The official Australia Day ceremony will take place at Bogangar Primary School where the 2010 Australia Day awards will be presented by Australia Day committee chairman Don Beck.

Federal Member for Richmond Justine Elliot, State Member for Tweed Geoff Provest, Tweed Mayor Kevin Skinner, and Tweed Shire Australia Day ambassador Steve Bastoni will be in attendance.

Forecasters are pre- dicting clear skies.

Around Tweed

Official ceremony Bogangar Public School 11am-1pm

Oath of new citizens and announcement of Australia Day awards. Address by Tweed Shire Australia Day Ambassador Steve Bastoni

Chris Cunningham Park, Wharf St Tweed Heads 8am-10am

Mad Sports present a 30m slip and slide, thongy ball, thong-throwing, cricket, Aussie rules football and face painting

Kingscliff Lions Park 7am-9am

Breakfast in the Park, Paul Ensby Band and flag-raising ceremony

Cabarita Lions Park 9am-2pm

Rotary barbecue with giveaways

Pottsville Bowls Club 9am-1pm

‘Shirts and Skirts’ annual bowls plus flag raising ceremony and sausage sizzle. All proceeds will be presented to the Pottsville branch of the Tweed Coast Rural Fire Service

Budd Park, Murwillumbah 8.30am-10.30am

Free barbecue breakfast and vintage car display. National anthem lead by Murwillumbah Philharmonic Society plus jumping castle, sack races, egg and spoon race and gumboot throwing

Uki Sports and Recreation Grounds 9am-11am

Damper competition, billy tea morning tea and flag-raising ceremony with Uki Citizen of the Year

Brian Breckenridge Field, Tumbulgum 8am-2pm

Free barbecue breakfast, best-decorated pushbike competition, gumboot throwing, town cricket competition, ‘over the bridge’ versus ‘around the corner.’

Tyalgum Hall and Bruce Bartrim Oval 8.30am-noon

Junior Cricket Match, damper and Anzac biscuit competition, sausage sizzle and Australia Day march from Norco Park. Raffle to raise funds for Tyalgum Hall.

Burringbar Sports Grounds 10.30am-5pm

Cricket followed by a barbecue lunch and entertainment plus the announcement of Burringbar Citizens awards.

Rural Fire Service display and damper and Anzac biscuit competitions

Chinderah Tavern 10am-8pm

All proceeds from raffles donated to the flood appeal.

At the Ivory

Wii Cricket Competition on the big screens

Live feed of the Triple J Hottest 100

Traditional Aussie Pie, Chips and Peas for $10 Add a schooner and it’s just $12

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