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Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Council forced to cancel Lake Mac Festival

The popular Lake Mac Festival has been cancelled due to an ongoing COVID-19 risk in NSW.

Lake Macquarie Mayor Kay Fraser said it was unfortunate that the event couldn’t proceed this year.

“However, we must keep people safe first and foremost and, while this is a difficult decision, I believe this is the right one for our community,” she said.

In 2020, Lake Mac Festival stretched from one side of the lake to the other, boasting colourful activation sites at Wangi Wangi, Rathmines, Pelican and Swansea.

Despite its cancellation, a COVIDsafe citizenship ceremony will go ahead as planned on Australia Day (Tuesday 26 January) at Rathmines Theatre.

The ceremony is set to welcome more than 40 new citizens from across the globe.

“Presiding over citizenship ceremonies is one of my great honours as Mayor of Lake Macquarie,” Cr Fraser said.

“Welcoming people from all cultural backgrounds and walks of life adds diversity and richness to our community, and seeing their joy and pride as they become Australian citizens is a true privilege.”

Visit the council’s website for more information on COVIDSafe events across Lake Macquarie.