Taree Australia Day Celebrations
The 2016 Taree celebrations will be held at the Manning Entertainment Centre on Tuesday 26 January.
The day will begin at 7:30am with a free breakfast (sausages, egg and bacon sandwiches) and entertainment featuring Jake Davey and the Greater Taree City Band. Free tattoos and flags will be available and all that attend can receive a free voucher to use the Manning Aquatic Leisure Centre on Australia Day.
The official ceremony will begin at 9am with a traditional Welcome to Country, followed by the flag placement and an address by Greater Taree City Mayor Paul Hogan. The Young Speaker's address this year will be given by Taree Christian College Captains Sarah Mayers and Braidy Chick, followed by the citizenship and public affirmation ceremonies.
Australia Day Ambassador Michael Diessel will address the crowd, and the winners of the Australia Day awards will be announced from the following categories:
- Citizen of the Year
- Young Citizen of the Year
- Community Event of the Year
- Ken McDonald Memorial Sportstar of the Year
The ceremony will finish by 10am and will be followed by a morning tea in the foyer put on by local service clubs.
Celebrations around the Manning Valley
Australia Day will also be celebrated across the Manning Valley in the following locations all with flag raising and formal ceremony.
- Wingham Central Park
7.30am free breakfast - 8am ceremony which includes: flag raising by Wingham Scouts, welcome address by Councillor Jenkins, addresses by Wingham High School Captains Jai Harrison and Grace Callaghan, and awards presentation by the Wingham Rotary Club.
- Old Bar Public School
7am free breakfast - 8am ceremony which includes flag raising, addresses by Cr David West, Deborah Scanes, Old Bar and Mitchells Island School Leaders, and an awards presentation to Old Bar Citizen of the Year
- Harrington Memorial Hall
7am breakfast - 8.30am presentation of awards for Citizen of the Year and Sports Person of the Year
- Hallidays Point on Black Head Beach
7am breakfast on the beach near Black Head Ocean Baths - 7.30am ceremony which includes flag raising, welcome addresses by Australia Day Ambassadaor, Cr Alan Tickle (representing the Mayor), and presentation of Lions Club Citizen of the Year award to a local resident