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Wollongong gets set to celebrate Australia Day

WOLLONGONG City Council has officially launched its 2014 Australia Day program.
The Wollongong Harbour and foreshore area will once again come alive with an exciting range of family-friendly, alcohol free activities to celebrate our nation’s birthday.
Wollongong Deputy Lord Mayor Chris Connor said Australia Day is the biggest event on the city’s calendar. “There’ll be plenty on offer for all ages and interests, whether you want to get active or just relax with family and friends,” Cr  Connor said.
“We’ll be welcoming new Australians to our community at the largest citizenship ceremony of the year, and which will include an address by our 2014 Australia Day Ambassador, rugby league identity Matt Cooper.
“We’ll also be celebrating local talent with our Gong Factor and Youth Film competitions.”
The Wollongong Hawks will be taking on the Melbourne Tigers at WIN Stadium from 5.30pm.
The day’s program will start at 8am with the Australia Day Aquathon & Charity Walk. Throughout the day, there’ll be amusement rides, stalls, entertainment, sand sculpting, thong-throwing, special kids’ activities and more.
On the water activities will include sailing yachts, Dragon Boat paddling, and stand-up paddle boarding. There’ll also be skydiving and aeroplane demonstrations, and helicopter joy flights available.
Celebrations will culminate with the traditional fireworks spectacular over the harbour at 9pm.
Council is encouraging event-goers to take advantage of the free Park and Ride service from JJ Kelly Park and Vikings Oval, or use the Free Gong Shuttle service.
Event road closures will be in place around the harbour throughout the day. For more information on the Oz Day in the Gong program, visit Council’s website, or contact  Customer Service on (02) 4227 7111.

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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