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Hurstville City Council to host 2012 Australia Day Festival

Posted 29 September 2011 by (Hurstville News)

Mayor of Hurstville, Cr Steve McMahon today announced Hurstville City Council will host a free Australia Day Festival at Oatley Park in 2012.

Mayor McMahon said the event will provide local residents with an opportunity to celebrate all that is great about Australia and being Australian.

“This festival forms part of my objective to celebrate and honour all people within our community, and to make Hurstville an even better place to live, work and play,” he said.

“Oatley Park has it all – it is a quintessential Australian park which boasts hectares of natural bushland, the banks of the Georges River and picnic and barbecue facilities.

“It will enable our residents to celebrate locally without having to travel to Kogarah, Sutherland or further afield.

“I am determined that Council grow the event from previous years and showcase the best that Hurstville has to offer.

“Australia Day is all about people coming together locally to reflect and be proud of our heritage, sense of community spirit and cultural diversity.”

Mayor McMahon said Council’s 2012 Australia Day Festival aims to appeal to residents of all ages through a variety of activities, Australian-inspired live entertainment and traditions.

“The day will feature food and market stalls, amusement rides and a range of activities for children at Steam Roller Park, along with a big backyard cricket competition and a barbeque cook-off at Oatley Park Oval,” he said.

“As part of the celebrations, a special Citizenship Ceremony will also be held on the day.

“A group of new citizens will be able to proudly call themselves Australian for the first time on our national day.”

Mayor McMahon said the event will also provide local families with a fun-filled day of activities close to home.

“At a time when family budgets are becoming more stretched with rising utility bills, living costs and global financial uncertainty, free community events are becoming increasingly popular,” he said.

“They provide a low cost day of entertainment and good fun for people of all ages.”

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