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2017 Georges River Council Australia Day Celebration

Thursday, 26 January 2017
10.00am – 9.00pm
Carss Bush Park, Carwar Ave, Carss Park

Come along to Carss Bush Park on the foreshore of Kogarah Bay this Australia Day and enjoy one of Sydney’s most popular and vibrant celebrations of our national identity.

For over 25 years this event has been the platform for a dynamic entertainment program which showcases great live music, diverse cultural performances, amusing entertainers and market stallholders selling clothing, novelties, crafts and food from around the world. The peak of the event is reached at 9.00pm with a brilliant display of fireworks over Kogarah Bay which is enjoyed by event goers as well as Sydney-siders across our city’s southern suburbs. Families and friends gather in their tens of thousands to this beautiful venue to enjoy the Australia Day Celebrations.

This event is generously supported onsite by Kogarah State Emergency Service, St John Ambulance, NSW Fire Brigade and the NSW Police St George Local Area Command.
Market stalls open for breakfast trade at 10.00am. The stage formalities begin at 11:00am with a Citizenship Ceremony for 70 new Australians. This section of the day also includes a traditional ‘Acknowledgement of Country’, Official Opening by the Administrator of Georges River Council, a beautiful performance of the Australian National Anthem by Endeavour Harmony Chorus and the announcement of the Georges River 2017 Citizen of the Year and Australia Day Ambassador.

The Australia Day event program consists of terrific children’s entertainment including the Snoopy and Friends Live Action Show, the Hoot and Hootabelle Live Action Show. There will also be live bands including The Party Agents and Matchbox Rock and Roll Band. The Australia Day event also features community performers dedicated to dance and song styles from all over the world.

Other activities include a 7D Interactive Mobile Cinema, tours of the Carss Park Cottage Museum (between 12.00pm and 6.00pm) and amusement rides, at very reasonable prices, all day.
Start  Entertainment
10:00am Soul Drummer (drum workshop for kids)
10:25am ACTiv Elite Performers (local child performers)
Start  Australia Day Official Ceremony
11:00am Acknowledgement of Country with Diramu Aboriginal Dance and Didgeridoo

National Anthem performed by Endeavour Harmony Chorus and Flag Raising Ceremony by 1st Kyle Bay Sea Scouts.

Administrator's message

Australia Day Ambassador’s message

Citizenship Ceremony

Affirmation Ceremony
Start  Entertainment
12:30pm Announcements by MCs Kerstyn Walsh and Daniel O'Connoll
12:35am Snoopy Live Show (with Charlie Brown, Snoopy and Lucy characters)
1:05pm TK Dance Stars
1:30pm Hoot and Hootabelle Live Show
2:00pm Chiz Watson Singers
2.25pm Harlow School of Dance
3:00pm Pasion Flamenco Dancers
3:25pm Nepalese Dancers
3:50pm Matchbox Band and Rock n’ Roll Dancers
6:00pm Excellent Iguanas
7:10pm Agent Six Nine
  Activities throughout day
Full day Multicultural food stalls, and art and craft stalls open from 10.00am until 8:30pm
Turkish Gozleme, dutch pancakes, coffee, soda, fairy floss, flancakes, chip on a stick, corn, fondue, licorice, , German Sausage, paella, pizza, icecream, Greek sweets, kebabs, waffle sticks,  Candles, henna tattoos, sandals, showbags and glow sticks.
full day Giant jumping castle and side show activities, Water roller amusement, Flying car ride, Bungee ride (all rides heavily discounted to $2 each)
full day 7D Interactive Cinema
12noon Carss Park Cottage Museum open
4pm – 7pm Eddie Spaghetti balloon bending
Market Stallholders
Each year, Council’s Australia Day event at Carss Bush Park attracts Sydney’s best market stallholders which specialise in street food, handcrafted homeware and collectables. Stallholder applications for this event closed on Friday 16 December. If you wish to be notified of 2018 Stallholder openings, please email events@georgesriver.nsw.gov.au and request to be added to the Stallholder Database.
Road Closures and Parking
During this event the following road closures are in place in Carss Park at:
  • Corner of Allawah Avenue and Carlton Crescent (resident only access available)
  • Corner of Carwar Avenue and Carlton Crescent.
Parking is available on Carss Park Flats via Carlton Crescent and Todd Park for a gold coin with all proceeds donated to Kogarah's State Emergency Service.
Georges River Council would like to thank the following local volunteers and organisations for their generous support of Australia Day: St John Ambulance, State Emergency Service, NSW Police – St George Local Area Command, 1st Kyle Bay Sea Scouts, and Botany Bay Yacht Club.
Sponsorship for Georges River Council’s Australia Day Festival has now closed. If you wish to apply for sponsorship for the 2018 Festival, please email events@georgesriver.nsw.gov.au.


Australia Day Festival is proudly sponsored by

Club Central Hurstville Menai
Nine Network
Bexley Dental
First Class Building Construction
Oatley Hotel