Although COVID-19 has meant the cancellation of a number of community events over the past year, there are a number of Australia Day events across the Kempsey Shire that will be going ahead on Tuesday, January 26.
The official Kempsey Shire Australia Day Awards and Citizenship Ceremony will be held at the Slim Dusty Centre on Tuesday, January 26.
The event will start at 8.30am with a barbecue breakfast being organised by Rotary clubs in Kempsey and Kempsey West. There will also be a coffee cart.
The official ceremony will get underway at 10am and be opened with a traditional Welcome to Country and will include a performance by the Figtree Dancers, an address from our Australia Day Ambassador Dick Adams, the presentation of the Australia Day Awards and the first live citizenship ceremony to take place in the shire in 12 months.
South West Rocks
The South West Rocks Lions Club will be holding their annual Australia Day breakfast on January 26.
The flag raising ceremony will begin at 7.20am at the flagpole on Point Briner. It will be conducted by Lions Club members and TS Culgoa Navy Cadets supported by piper Les Jenkinson.
The National Anthem will be performed by Wendy Grose before the announcement of the South West Rocks Lions Club Citizen of the Year.
There will be a free sausage sizzle at the Horseshoe Bay Shelter Shed, courtesy of the Lions Club.
The Kempsey Shire Australia Day Ambassador, Dick Adams APM OAM RFD, will also be attending the breakfast.
The annual Crescent Head Lions Club Australia Day breakfast has unfortunately been postponed this year.
The club made the difficult decision to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
"We decided that we didn't want to take the chance and we want to keep the community safe," Crescent Head Lions Club member Jo watts said.
The Crescent Head Country Club will be holding a Aussie meat raffle on Tuesday with 60 trays to be won. Raffle tickets will be on sale from 11.30am and will be drawn at 2pm.
There will also be live music from Bill Roberts from 1pm.