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Celebrating Australia Day in the Gong

AUSTRALIA Day 2014 is shaping up to be one of the biggest events on the calendar, with huge crowds expected to head to Wollongong Harbour on Sunday.
Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said tens of thousands of people traditionally attend the official celebrations and he’s confident the packed program has something for everyone.
“We’ve got two separate stages providing entertainment throughout the day, special performances for the children, along with activities, street stalls and displays across Osborne Park, Flagstaff Hill and Lang Park,”he said.
Local road closures will be in place on Sunday, and Cr Bradbery said the easiest way to access the area is via the free shuttle and park and ride services. The free shuttle will run every 20 minutes from 8am to midday, then every 10 minutes until 11pm and there’s also a free park and ride service running every 15 minutes from JJ Kelly Park and Vikings Oval from midday to 11pm.  For those driving into the city a temporary car park will be set up at Stuart Park on Sunday at a flat fee of $5, with proceeds going to Bulli RFS. The area will also be the focus of a crackdown on illegal camping.
“We want to remind the public that camping in this park is prohibited and additional enforcement officers including council ranges and police will be monitoring the area,” Cr Bradbery said.
Acting Police Superintendent Tim Beattie has warned would be trouble makers to stay away, with a strong police presence at Australia Day celebrations.
“We will be focused on alcohol-fuelled violence and anti-social behaviour to ensure the actions of a few don’t impact on the family friendly event in Wollongong.”
Full program: http://www.wollongong.nsw.gov.au/australiaday

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 Limited), Sydney based, City News, and is now with Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW.

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