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Australia Day By The Bay

Story: Christine Chamberlain | Photo: Paul Neil
Nov 27, 2018
Australia Day By The Bay
See the New Year with family and friends – take in the bay’s sea breezes at 2019’s Australia Day by the Bay celebrations.

There’ll be a full day of events, on Saturday, 26 January put on by Deagon Ward councillor, Jared Cassidy, together with the member for Lilley, Wayne Swan, and with the support of the member for Sandgate, Stirling Hinchliffe.

There is a new location for the community barbecue afternoon which will move from Upper Moora Park to the VMR on Cabbage Tree Creek. “We have been looking for ways to improve Australia Day by the Bay and this new location for our barbecue will offer more activities for families, more food and great local entertainment,’’ Jared says.

The day also features the ever-popular billy cart racing at Shorncliffe and will begin with a formal Citizenship Ceremony at Sandgate Town Hall. The ceremony will be held in the morning and is hosted by Zonta Northside with the CWA providing morning tea afterwards. Local musician Blake Hadley will also perform.

The community afternoon at VMR will run from noon till 4pm and includes a free barbecue and loads of family entertainment; including a jumping castle, face painting and more. VMR will open their bar to sell drinks.

Live entertainment for the afternoon will be provided by local band, The diVersions, and Sandgate High School student, Jack Sweeney.

The Dick ‘Tosser’ Turner Billycart Races will begin at from 3pm in Cotton Street, Shorncliffe. This is a fun event for all ages and is co-ordinated by a group of local families, with the support of Cr Cassidy and Mr Hinchliffe. All registrations for the billy cart races are taken on the day.

“Australia Day by the Bay is a special day where we come together to welcome new citizens to our community, gather at the creek – an iconic location - and wrap up the day with a very Aussie tradition of billy cart racing in Cotton Street,’’ Jared says.

“We live in a very special part of Brisbane and Australia Day is a great way to celebrate both the people and the places we love locally. “

For more information contact the Deagon Ward office on 3667 6011 or