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Hurstville City Councils Australia Day Festival a Great Success

Posted 29 January 2016 by (Hurstville News)

Hurstville City Council’s annual Australia Day Festival held at Oatley Park (26 January 2016) was a great day out for Australians of all ages, with more than 5,000 people attending the celebrations.

The Australia Day Festival was officially opened by the Mayor of Hurstville, Cr Vince Badalati, and attended by a number of special guests including Federal Member for Banks, David Coleman MP; Member for Oatley, Mark Coure MP; Member for Kogarah, Chris Minns MP; and Hurstville City Councillors.

Mayor of Hurstville, Cr Vince Badalati said it was fantastic to see the local community coming together to celebrate Australia’s heritage, sense of community spirit and cultural diversity.

“The celebrations began at 10.00am with a very special Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony that saw 89 people proudly become Australian citizens,” he said.

“As part of the event, Council presented the winner of 2016 Hurstville City Council Australia Day Festival logo competition, Sanja Micic, aged 11, from Narwee Public School with an award.

“Council’s Charity Barbeque was busy all day selling over 90 kilograms of sausages, with all proceeds to assist the Cancer Care Centre at the St George Hospital.

Mayor Badalati said it was great to see families enjoying the array of activities, including amusement rides, barnyard animals, face painting, sheep shearing, cow milking and balloon animals.

“The Minions Live Show was a hit with the youngest festival goers, who were very excited to dance along with the main characters Stuart, Bob and Kevin,” he said.

“It was fantastic to see so many people getting together and making the most of the great local activities.

“It was a wonderful opportunity to stop and acknowledge how fortunate we are to live in this beautiful, tolerant and free country.”

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