Crowds arrived early at Carss Bush Park for today’s Australia Day Festival hosted by Georges River Council.
Hundreds took up positions by the foreshore of Kogarah Bay to watch the council’s Citizenship Ceremony with Georges River Council mayor Kevin Greene presenting our newest citizens with their certificate of citizenship.
The traditional Welcome to Country opened the proceedings this morning.
Councillor Greene said the Citizenship Ceremony was a great way to welcome our most recent citizens to the local community.
“And Carss Bush Park is a magnificent location for families and friends to gather and celebrate our diverse community and nation,” he said.
“People can expect to enjoy a great line-up of entertainment which will, finish with a spectacular display of fireworks over Kogarah Bay.
“We expect to see tens of thousands of people in attendance over the course of the day.”
The official part of the day over, the festivities began with an Aussie-themed program of entertainment including live music, cultural performances, sideshow rides, multicultural food and market stalls selling clothing, novelties, crafts and food from around the world.
Georges River Council is presenting a colourful line-up of performances, children’s activities, amusements and family entertainment.
A highlight of the day will be a performance by award-winning country trio The McClymonts.
The celebrations will culminate with a fireworks spectacular at 9pm this evening.