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Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Maitland geared up for 2021 Australia Day celebrations

Plans are well and truly in place for Maitland City Council’s 2021 Australia Day celebrations.

And, the popular brekkies, official ceremony, free pool entry at Maitland’s aquatic centres, Tiger Moth flyovers and the Summer Lights project in Central Maitland headline the program this year on January 26.

The Maitland Big Australia Day Breakfasts are hosted by some of the local Lions and Rotary clubs and will be located at RH Taylor Reserve in Lorn, Whitewater Adventure Park in Chisholm, Chelmsford Oval in Metford and Hartcher Field in Telarah.

The community is encouraged to bring picnic blankets and camping chairs to enjoy a free barbecue brekkie, amusements, lawn games and music from 7.30am until noon.

At 10am, keep your eyes peeled to the sky to see vintage Tiger Moths flying over Maitland.

The traditional Australia Day official ceremony will include a citizenship service for 28 new residents, as well as the presentation of the Young Citizen and Citizen of the Year awards.

Attendance to the function is by invitation only, but the proceedings will be live-streamed from 10am and can be viewed through council’s website and Facebook page.

There’s also free pool entry from 10am to 4pm at both Maitland and East Maitland Aquatic Centres where the splash pad and inflatables are available.

From sunset until 11pm, iconic central Maitland buildings, The Maitland Post Office, The Riverlink and 437 High Street (previously known as Taylors of Maitland), will be transformed with vibrant lighting projections.

“Australia Day is one of the most exciting events on council’s calendar for the community,” council’s team leader events Kara Stonestreet said.

“This year, there are so many activities spread across the city.

“There really is something for everyone to enjoy.”

A comprehensive COVID-19 Safety Plan will be in place for all council run events and activities.

Council will also continue to monitor and adhere to the advice from the federal and state governments, including any variation or modification of the public health orders.

For further information about the Australia Day celebrations, visit www.mymaitland.com.au/australia-day

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