Town of Bassendean lights up for all cultures on Australia Day

l-r Bassendean MLA Dave Kelly, Renee McLennan (Mayor, Town of Bassendean), Peta Mabbs (CEO, Town of Bassendean) and Caine Chennatt (Ambassador), seen here with the plunger to start the fireworks display at Ashfield Reserve on Australia Day.  The Town of Bassendean is holding its annual Australia Day fireworks and celebrations event on January 26 at Ashfield Reserve from 5pm to 9pm. Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au   d490099
l-r Bassendean MLA Dave Kelly, Renee McLennan (Mayor, Town of Bassendean), Peta Mabbs (CEO, Town of Bassendean) and Caine Chennatt (Ambassador), seen here with the plunger to start the fireworks display at Ashfield Reserve on Australia Day. The Town of Bassendean is holding its annual Australia Day fireworks and celebrations event on January 26 at Ashfield Reserve from 5pm to 9pm. Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au d490099

MORE than 15,000 people from different cultural backgrounds are expected to enjoy the sounds of didgeridoos and samba drums at the Town of Bassendean fireworks event.

There will be performances by Theo Kearing from the Bindjareb Middars Performance Group, the Milford Street Shakers, the Rough Housers and drumming group Bassonovas.

A new feature is an urban Indigenous art activity for the community.

The Town received a $10,000 grant from Lotterywest for the event.

L-R: Renee McLennan (Mayor, Town of Bassendean), Peta Mabbs (CEO, Town of Bassendean) and Bassendean MLA Dave Kelly with their Lotterywest cheque. Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au d490099c

Mayor Renee McLennan encourages people to ride or walk to the event and be mindful of road closures, with details available on the Town’s website.

Cr McLennan said a draft cultural plan, to review the Town’s events, was out for public comment before it would be adopted by the council.

Event ambassador Caine Chennatt, who works at the University of WA’s Cultural Precinct, said he was looking forward to welcoming new Australians at the event.

“Given that Australia is my adopted home, it is humbling to be made an ambassador for Australia,” he said.

“One of the things I find most wonderful about Australia is that the values it promotes are all essential aspects of what makes us human.

“We are in a land that has the capacity to hold many stories and I hope to be able to contribute towards and encouraging others in sharing theirs.”

The Australia Day event will be held at Ashfield Reserve from 5pm to 9pm.