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Celebrations aplenty in Port Stephens on Australia Day


There’ll be much cause for celebration in Port Stephens on Australia Day.

This year marks the 75th anniversary of Australian citizenship, with council hosting two ceremonies to welcome the LGA’s newest residents.

On top of that, a jam-packed program of free family-friendly events is planned across four locations – Raymond Terrace, Lemon Tree Passage, Nelson Bay and Karuah – to commemorate our national milestone on Friday 26 January.

Port Stephens mayor Ryan Palmer said it was important to acknowledge the role citizenship ceremonies played throughout the community.

“We’re inviting everyone, locals and visitors, to attend an event,” he stated.

“Australia Day gives Port Stephens Council an opportunity to promote and recognise active citizenship, which is about people getting involved in their local communities, and displaying values such as respect, inclusion and helping others.

“For 75 years, Australian citizens have been working together to build a strong, united and prosperous Australia.

“And, that’s something we see daily across Port Stephens in all facets of our community.

“The Raymond Terrace Bowling Club is also sponsoring the annual Big Aussie Breakfast with other events featuring RAAF fly overs, market stalls, music, kids’ entertainment and dragon boat races.

“Revellers can cool off at Lakeside Leisure Centre’s free pool party, too, and be dazzled by fireworks at Karuah.”

Cr Palmer said the traditional civic ceremonies, including the Port Stephens annual awards, would also take place, with Cheryl Koenig OAM announced as the 2024 Australia Day Ambassador.

“Ms Koenig is a published author and motivational speaker,” he explained.

“She was previously the NSW Woman of the Year.

“She’s been an Australia Day Ambassador since 2011 and received the Medal of the Order of Australia in 2014 for services to people with disabilities, their families and carers.

“We look forward to welcoming her to Port Stephens and hearing about her experiences.

“Our thanks go to the Australia Day Council, Belgravia Leisure, Raymond Terrace Rotary Club, Tilligerry Lions Club, Karuah RSL Club and the Nelson Bay Australia Day Committee for making it all possible.”

Australia Day events in Port Stephens:

  • Raymond Terrace – Riverside Park from 8am to 1.30pm, and free pool party at Lakeside Leisure Centre from 10am to 3pm
  • Tilligerry – Henderson Park Lemon Tree Passage from 8am to noon
  • Nelson Bay – Fly Point from 9am to 3.45pm
  • Karuah – Karuah RSL from 10am to midnight, with fireworks at 9pm

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