Orange to welcome 19 citizens from across globe this Australia Day

Kids rides, arts and crafts, award ceremonies and new citizens. It’s all happening at Cook Park this Australia Day.

Orange Mayor Reg Kidd is encouraging Orange residents to head over to Cook Park from 8am to enjoy a variety of food, drink, children’s activities and market stalls before the official ceremony begins at 10am.

Citizens who took the pledge in 2018 in Cook Park

“Let’s start off 2021 right, with a day where the community comes together to celebrate and be grateful for, our beautiful patch of the world,” he said.

“We can’t put COVID-19 completely to the backs of our minds as we will have to comply with a number of regulations to have the day go ahead, but let’s try and look to the future.

“Celebrating 19 people becoming citizens is a wonderful way to mark the occasion. We’ve also invited all of the new citizens who took the pledge of commitment virtually during last year to come along and be part of the ceremony.

“Many of us are lucky enough to be born here, but these people are choosing to become citizens, choosing to take on the rights and responsibilities which comes with being an Australian and I just think that’s truly remarkable.”

Visitors to Cook Park on Tuesday will need to enter through the middle gates in Summer Street, or Kite Street and must sign-in using the QR codes provided. The corner gates of the park will be locked. Once visitors have signed in, they will need to show the confirmation of their check in, on their phone, to staff and volunteers at the gates and receive a wrist band.

Children will be entertained by giant, inflatable slippery dips, a jumping castle and a bungee run.

The East Orange Physical Culture Club will perform, along with Colour City Dance School as well as the Orange Male Voice Choir, the Canobolas Highland Band and the City of Orange Brass Band.

Dozens of market stalls will be set up selling a variety of homemade arts and crafts along with the Lions Club, Bodhi Garden and Mr Whippy’s Ice Cream van serving edible delights.

he event at Cook Park is expected to finish at about 1pm, and people can head to the Orange Aquatic Centre where entry will be free.

PROGRAM FOR AUSTRALIA DAY:

8.00 – 9.30am COMMUNITY BREAKFAST BARBEQUE

Eggs, sausages, bacon, damper roll, juice, tea/coffee

$8.00 per person.

Orange Canobolas Lions Club Catering Van, Rotary Club of Orange and CWA.

8:00am ACTIVITIES COMMENCE

Bungee Run, Inflatable slides, jumping castle, market and food stalls

8:20am PERFORMANCE BY CANOBOLAS HIGHLAND PIPE BAND

8:50am PERFORMANCE BY ORANGE MALE VOICE CHOIR

9:00am OFFICIAL CEREMONY

10.00am CITIZENSHIP CEREMONY

10.30am PRESENTATION OF THE NSW LOCAL CITIZEN OF THE YEAR AWARDS

11.00am COLOUR CITY DANCE WORKS

MEET THE AMBASSADOR

Ms Lana Masterson

11:15am EAST ORANGE PHYSICAL CULTURE CLUB

BEST DRESSED COMPETITION

Judged by Australia Day Ambassador, Ms Lana Masterson

AUSTRALIA DAY RAFFLE

Drawn by Australia Day Ambassador, Ms Lana Masterson

11:45am PERFORMANCE BY CITY OF ORANGE BRASS BAND

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