Following a horrendous 12-month stretch, which featured bushfires, floods and coronavirus, Lower Hunter residents are keen to let their hair down in 2021.
And, Maitland City Council this week unveiled its program for the town’s Australia Day celebrations on 26 January.
However, COVID-19 restrictions mean the festivities will take on a different look to previous years.
It’ll instead include an Official Ceremony delivered at Town Hall, free Big Australia Day Breakfast, free entry to Maitland and East Maitland Aquatic Centres, Tiger Moth flyover across the city and light projections on buildings throughout central Maitland.
“There’s no doubt Australia Day will have a dissimilar feel in 2021 from its prior formats,” Maitland mayor Loretta Baker said.
“But, the programming will provide a range of enjoyable experiences and opportunities for the community to get together and celebrate across the city.”
The Australia Day Official Ceremony will comprise of a citizenship service for 28 new citizens and the presentation of the Young Citizen and Citizen of the Year awards.
Attendance to the function will be by invitation only, however the proceedings are scheduled to be live-streamed on the day for the community to see.
The Maitland Big Australia Day Breakfast will involve service clubs, community groups and sporting organisations hosting a free barbecue brekkie, which will be hosted simultaneously in multiple locations across the city.
Residents should keep their eyes peeled to the sky for the Tiger Moths flying across Maitland from 10am, pending weather conditions, and get out into central Maitland after dark to enjoy the light projections.
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.
The Australia Day celebrations add to the ever-growing program of activities that form Make it Maitland this summer, which is encouraging residents and visitors alike to explore the city throughout December and January.
For further information, visit www.mymaitland.com.au