Celebrate Australia Day 2016 – Everyone, Everywhere

Baulkham Hills State Liberal MP David Elliott has called on Hills locals to come together and celebrate Australia’s rich and diverse culture this Australia Day, by joining in the celebrations at Bella Vista Farm.

The Australia Day Council of NSW has launched a another big program to mark Australia Day 2016 which includes events that celebrate the many cultures that make up Australia and pay tribute to Australia’s traditional landowners and our newest citizens.

Step back in time and explore the local history of Australia. See Bella Vista Farm reimagined as the working Colonial homestead it once was with roving convicts and Australiana displays bringing the history to life.

Enjoy Devonshire Tea on the lawn of the Homestead served by The Friends of the Bella Vista Farm, catch blacksmithing displays, sheep shearing, whip cracking and working dog demonstrations from Tobruk Sheep Station, as well as historical displays by The Hills District Historical Society.

Australia Day at the Farm also has some great activities for the kids, including face painting, yard games, Storage King cubby house making, mobile animal farm, pop-up library, ‘Alice Paints the Roses Red’ show and hat making workshop, Tumbletown and more.

Learn about the Hills Shire’s colonial past, enjoy vibrant Australian music including performances from David Campbell and band with special guest vocalists Christine Anu, Mahalia Barnes and Emma Pask and finish the day with a spectacular fireworks display.

Mr Elliott said this is an opportunity for the community to embrace this year’s theme, Australia Day – Everyone, Everywhere.

“Australia Day is the perfect time to celebrate the important role every Australian, wherever they are, plays in our society. It is a day to stop and acknowledge how fortunate we are to live in this beautiful, tolerant and free country,” Mr Elliott said.

“It is also an important day for many new Australians, who come from all corners of the world, and will take the oath at citizenship ceremonies across the State.”

Australia Day Council of NSW Chairman, Angelos Frangopoulos, believes Australia Day is an opportunity for communities across Australia to come together, regardless of background, in a spirit of friendship and harmony and celebrate what makes each of us Australian.

“This year’s theme, Australia Day – Everyone, Everywhere, allows us to share your Australia Day celebrations with the world, whether it’s a BBQ with friends and family, a day on Sydney Harbour or even a backyard game,” Mr Frangopoulos said.

“This Australia Day, we’re inviting you to upload a photo or post to your social media channels using #AusDay to add your special moments to the global map on australiaday.com.au and see how everyone, everywhere is celebrating.

“We’ll also be adding some fun online with the Aussie Slang Challenge, testing how well you know your Australian lingo. It is running on www.australiaday.com.au.”

For more information about what’s on Australia Day 2016, go to australiaday.com.au