There are going to be some changes to Sandgate’s 2020 Australia Day celebrations, but the spirit of fun and community will remain the same. Deagon Ward councillor Jared Cassidy, who is hosting the day, alongside State Member for Sandgate, Stirling Hinchliffe, and Federal MP for Lilley, Anika Wells, said the Australia Day by the Bay festival was a welcoming and friendly celebration.
“ It’s a special day for our community, welcoming new citizens in the morning at the Sandgate Town Hall and then play some beach cricket in the afternoon,” Cr Cassidy said.
“No matter how you mark January 26, this is a real celebration of our diverse community.”
The main change to the day will be the starting time, with events kicking off at around 3pm at the Volunteer Marine Rescue grounds at Shorncliffe.
“We’re looking at an expansion of the free community fun day that we have had in previous years and we’re starting later in the day, as it’s simply so hot at that time of year,” Cr Cassidy said.
Activities could include a sandcastle building competition, fishing activities, water slides and stand up paddle boarding, as well as a jumping castle.
“There will be live entertainment as well and following from the successful Youth Festival, we’d like to have some of young musicians performing on the day,” Cr Cassidy said.
“There will be a free barbecue, the VMR will have the bar open and we’re looking at the possibility of an open-air movie with free ice-cream and popcorn.
“This is the first year that Stirling, Anika and I have run this event together as a team and with the refocus on the awards and on the citizenship ceremony, I think it’s going to be a great day.
“We’ll be welcoming 60 or so new Australians which is always very special.”Australia Day by the BaySunday, 26 January from 3pmVolunteer Marine Rescue95 Allpass Pde, ShorncliffeFor more information on Australia Day by the Bay, contact Jared Cassidy’s office on 3667 6011 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.For more information on the Lilley Honours, contact Anika Wells’ office: 3266 8244