Australia Day celebrations to stay at Dolls Point

Here to stay: Australia Day celebrations will remain at Peter Depena Park in 2017. Picture: Jane Dyson

Here to stay: Australia Day celebrations will remain at Peter Depena Park in 2017. Picture: Jane Dyson

Australian Day celebrations will remain at Dolls Point while Lunar New Year celebrations will be held at Kingsford under changes at Bayside Council.

The changes come as the council estimated it could save around $3 million from the amalgamation, including consolidating some of its events.

During an address during this month’s council meeting Administrator Greg Wright said a lot had been achieved in the first month.

‘’By my estimation we have achieved a relatively seamless changeover up to this point and all indications are that we have actually delivered some early benefits to some of our constituents,’’ he said.

‘’Already we have identified some very significant savings opportunities while respecting the focus of local events and activities. In fact, a working estimate to date of savings potential is in the vicinity of $3 million.

‘’The general Manager and the staff are working diligently to integrate staff teams, processes, assets and services and I have been favourably impressed with the commitment and enthusiasm of the staff for the task at hand.’’

While no existing events have been cancelled some have been merged or shared across both the former Botany and Rockdale local government areas.

Australia Day citizenship ceremonies have been consolidated to be held in Peter Depena Reserve at Dolls Point. The format, including the ceremony and community entertainment remains the same.

Lunar New Year celebrations have been consolidated and will now be held at Dacey Gardens at Kingsford.

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