Aussie and proud of it

IT’S Australia Day on Tuesday, and, in common with people all across the nation, everyone in the Macleay will be celebrating what’s great about living in this country.

From football, kangaroos and Holden cars to backyard cricket and pie-eating competitions at local clubs and pubs, the Macleay Valley will be celebrating in the pure Aussie style we all love.

The celebrations begin early at the Slim Dusty Centre on Monday evening, with Kempsey Shire Council’s Australia Day awards ceremony.

On Tuesday itself, the celebrations kick off early, with the Lions clubs of South West Rocks and Crescent Head hosting breakfasts in their seaside towns.

The South West Rocks Lions Club will be hosting celebrations from 7am to 11am at the Horseshoe Bay Shelter Shed.

The club’s assistant treasurer, Brian Nelson, stressed the importance of the nation-al day for the people of South West Rocks.

“The Lions Club make use of Australia Day by giving back to the community, where we put on a free breakfast attended by hundreds of people, and we will also be announcing the winners of the South West Rocks Australia Day awards,” Mr Nelson said.

“The Lions Club supports local and international schools, as well as junior sport throughout the community, but our main project at the moment is getting a ramp installed at Back Creek.

“The community has al-ways been exceptional in its support of the club. For example, people come out in their droves to buy raffle tickets to support our causes – they’re just fantastic.”

At Crescent Head, the town’s Lions Club also bel-ieves a good breakfast is a great way to kickstart Austr-alia Day.

That’s why club members will be at the Crescent Head rotunda from 7.30am to serve up a barbecue breakfast to residents and visitors.

Club treasurer Jo Watts will be among the volunteers out to ensure the bacon is crisp and the eggs as people want them – sunny-side up or easy-over.

Like many club members, Ms Watts has been involved for several years with events in the town to mark Australia Day.

“It’s a great way for families and friends to come together. That’s what it’s really all about,” she said.

“As well as residents we also get a lot of visitors come from the caravan park, who are also kind enough to help us out.

“There’s plenty of room for the kids to run around while the parents have brekkie. It’s just a lovely morning.”

Kempsey Shire’s mayor, Liz Campbell, and Australia Day ambassador, author Christopher Cheng, are due to arrive at the Crescent Head breakfast at around 9am, where they will be announcing the town’s citizen of the year, young achiever and sportsperson of the year awards after the breakfast barbecue.

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