Star-studded line-up for Australia Day honours

Popular Northern Rivers singer-songwriter Diana Anaid, former high-profile rugby league referee Bill Harrigan and actor Sam Atwell are just some of the celebrities who will be rubbing shoulders with locals during Australia Day celebrations next Friday, January 26.

Anaid and Harrigan are this years Ballina Australia Day ambassadors while Atwell will attend Lismore City Councils celebrations. TV star Scott McGregor, presenter of Better Homes and Gardens, will be the ambassador for Richmond Valley Councils celebrations in Evans Head while Paralympics swimming champion Ben Austin will do the honours in Kyogle.

Lismore councillor Jenny Dowell urged people to attend celebrations in their local area, cheer on the nominees for their many and varied achievements and welcome new Australian citizens.

I love going to Australia Day its a great a way of celebrating our community and the awards recognise a whole range of people doing wonderful things, Cr Dowell said. Its an opportunity for our community to celebrate diversity and the acceptance we extend to all newcomers.

Following is a list of Australia day celebrations happening in the local area.


Celebrations at Lismore City Hall with official ceremony from 8.30-10.30am, followed by a morning tea put on by the Lismore CWA and a BBQ courtesy of Lismore Lions. Info; 6625 0500.

Young people who enjoy rapping or hip hop are also encouraged to enter the Aussie Battlers hip hop event at the PCYC in Dawson Street from midday. Entry is $5.


Celebrations at Fawcett Park with official ceremony from 4.30-8.30pm. Entertainment kicks off at midday with live performances, games and activities for kids, BBQ, and a spectacular fireworks display at 8.30pm. See Ballina RSL Australia Day story for more or phone 1800 777 666.

Richmond Valley

Celebrations at Evans Head Surf Life Saving Club with the official ceremony at 10am. Activities run from 8.30am to 8pm, with a special emphasis on celebrating the Year of the Surf Lifesaver. The day begins with boat demonstration races at 8.30am and also includes stalls and live performances by Michael Holt, Colin Bullock and the Chris Hayward Band. There will also be water skiing by the river at Woodburn from 9am-1pm. Info; Peter Byrne 6660 0203.


Celebrations in Stratheden Street, with the official ceremony at the Kyogle Memorial Institute at 9.15am. Free billy tea and damper from 8am in front of the library. Carnival atmosphere in Stratheden Street with live music, jumping castle and pig on the spit. Come dressed as your favourite Aussie icon for a chance to win prizes. Info; Frank 6632 1906 or Lyn 6632 1185.

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