Enjoy breakfast with some feathered and furry friends and rock out to live music at the Rooty Hill this Australia Day in Blacktown City.
Blacktown City Mayor Tony Bleasdale OAM said there was a range of exciting events and activities for people of all ages to enjoy, including a Wake Up with the Wildlife Breakfast at Featherdale and the popular Australia Day Concert and Fireworks at the Rooty Hill.
The City’s local heroes will be recognised at the Australia Day Awards Ceremony while some of our newest residents will be welcomed at a special Citizenship Ceremony.
“It’s been an incredibly tough 2 years for the people of Blacktown City, living through some of the strictest COVID-19 restrictions and lockdowns,” Mayor Bleasdale said.
“While we currently face one of the toughest tests of the pandemic so far, I encourage everyone to come together in a COVID-safe way and celebrate what makes our community and our nation great. Blacktown City has a proud Indigenous history, with about 10,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people calling our City home. We are also proud of our cultural diversity, with our people representing more than 180 different countries and languages. While we acknowledge the growing calls to change the date of Australia Day, I urge everyone to reflect on our history- the highs and the low points – respect the stories of others and celebrate our achievements.”
The day will kick off with a Wake Up with the Wildlife Breakfast at Featherdale Wildlife Park in Doonside, where families can grab a bite to eat with beautiful Australian animals across three sessions, starting at 7.30am.
Dozens of residents will then take the final step in their journey to becoming an Australian at a special Citizenship Ceremony at Bowman Hall.
Mayor Bleasdale will honour some of the City’s most outstanding people at the Australia Day Awards Ceremony, where individuals and businesses will be recognised for their incredible contributions to their community.
The celebrations will continue at the Rooty Hill with an evening of entertainment, amusement rides and food stalls, from 4pm.
The popular annual event will feature performances from Aussie icons Mike Whitney and Wayne Pearce, much-loved singer Dami Im, and rock legends The Angels, before ending with a bang – Western Sydney’s best fireworks display.
Australia Day 2022 is a family friendly, alcohol free and COVID-19 safe event. This is a free ticketed event and bookings are essential.
Tickets available online here: www.blacktown.nsw.gov.au/Events-andactivities/ 2022-Australia-Day-Concert-Fireworks
Media coverage is invited for any or all of Blacktown City’s Australia Day events or celebrations. Please contact Council’s Media Unit for passes.
WAKE UP WITH THE WILDLIFE BREAKFAST
There are only 3 session times available (7.30am – 9.00am, 9.30am – 11.30am, and 12pm – 2pm).
Tickets cost $7 per person (children aged 0-2 free) and will be available to purchase online from 17 January here: www.blacktown.nsw.gov.au/Events-andactivities/Australia-Day-Wake-Up-with-the-Wildlife-Breakfast
Breakfast will be available for purchase at the event, or can be added when booking tickets.
Due to COVID-19 regulations currently in place, all patrons will be required to vacate the park once their booked session time has ended.
Bookings are essential and limited tickets are available for each session.
AUSTRALIA DAY AT THE ROOTY HILL
4.00pm – 9.30pm
The Rooty Hill, Eastern Road, Rooty Hill. The event will play host to an outstanding stage program including performances by Oz Icons Mike Whitney and Wayne Pearce, Dami Im, and rock legends, The Angels.
There will also be free kids amusement rides, food trucks and stalls, ahead of one of Western Sydney’s most spectacular firework displays.
4pm – Welcome & Nulungu Dreaming
4.45pm – Oz Icons
5.45 pm – Out of Salem
6.45pm – Dami Im
8pm – The Angels
9.10pm – Fireworks