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Plenty of talent on offer during Australia Day celebrations

TALENTED people are invited to participate in the first ever ‘Gong Factor’ talent quest as part of this year’s Wollongong Australia Day celebrations.

Entries are now open for singers, dancers, musicians or any other performers to throw their hat in the ring and be in the running for a $750 voucher from Telstra. There’s no age limit, but entrants must be residents of the Wollongong Local Government Area, and only acoustic instruments can be used.

Ten finalists will be selected to perform on the Telstra Main Stage in Lang Park on Australia Day between 4.30 -5.30pm, with the winner to be announced at the event.

Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said he is hoping to discover great talent in the Gong Factor.

“Wollongong has produced a wealth of talented performers over the years, such as Natalie Bassingthwaite, Anthony Warlow and Richard Tognetti. We’d love the Gong Factor to be the start of someone else’s journey as a performer.

“This is a great opportunity for individuals or groups of up to six performers to show our community what they can do. I’d also encourage everyone to come along to Lang Park on Australia Day and cheer on our finalists.”

More information and entry forms are available on the Australia Day page on Council’s website. Entry forms need to be submitted, with a video of up to two minutes, by Friday January 18 to be in the running. A judging panel will then invite ten finalists to perform on Australia Day.

The full Australia Day program can be found on Council’s website, or call (02) 4227 7111 for details.

About Mick Roberts

A newspaper journalist, writer and local historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in the Sydney and Illawarra regions of NSW for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides authoring a number of history books, Mick has owned and operated several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limted), Sydney based, City News, and is now with Torch Publications.

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