South Perth prepares for Australia Day at the foreshore with $295,000 from Lotterywest

Mayor Sue Doherty with Yindi Roaen, Yara Roaen and performers Hulalulaladies band on the Dinosaur Kids train. Picture: Matt Jelonek
Mayor Sue Doherty with Yindi Roaen, Yara Roaen and performers Hulalulaladies band on the Dinosaur Kids train. Picture: Matt Jelonek

THE City of South Perth has planned a whole day of activities for Australia Day at Sir James Mitchell Park with a $295,000 grant from Lotterywest.

South Metropolitan MLC Kate Doust said the funds would be put towards the Australia Day Celebration Zone on the South Perth foreshore and to a range of community events this year.

“The South Perth foreshore spans 10 hectares and the event provides the opportunity for everyone to come together and enjoy Australia Day in a safe, alcohol and smoke free environment,” she said.

The flag raising ceremony will start at 8am, followed with a Citizenship Ceremony, WA Citizen of the Year awards, and a Celebration Zone until 7.30pm.

There will be 100 free activities including the Dinosaur Kids train, airbrush tattoos, The Big Wedgie water slide and live performances.

Mayor Sue Doherty said the George Burnett Leisure Centre and Civic Centre were easily accessible from Kwinana Freeway and have ample parking.

“The City will provide a free shuttle service between George Burnett Leisure Centre in Karawara, the Civic Centre in South Perth and the event zone,” she said.

“We strongly encourage people to consider using public transport on the day.”

The shuttle buses will run around every 10 minutes from 2pm – 9.30pm except during the fireworks at 7.30pm – 8.30pm.

THE ESSENTIALS

WHAT: Australia Day celebrations

WHEN: Saturday, January 26 at 8am – 7.30pm

WHERE: Sir James Mitchell Park opposite Forrest St, South Perth

INFO: www.southperth.wa.gov.au/discover/whats-on/australia-day/1