The Crackup Sisters

Epping residents can celebrate Australia Day with the Crackup Sisters comedy act at Hornsby Park.

HUNTERS HILL Council will host its Australia Day celebration at the Deckhouse in Woolwich from 9am until 12 noon.

The event will be hosted by Mayor Richard Quinn and will include Australia Day Awards for the Citizen of the Year and the Community Event of the Year as well as recognition of citizens who have contributed in all walks of life including sport.

There will also be a Citizenship Ceremony for around a dozen new Hunters Hill Citizens.

Hunters Hill’s Australia Day Ambassador Sam Cawthorn will give this year’s Australia Day Address.

“This is our community’s opportunity to show our support this Australia Day at our Annual Australia Day Awards ceremony,” Hunters Hill General Manager Barry Smith said.

CITY OF RYDE will celebrate Australia Day with a Civic Ceremony and an afternoon packed with events that include a fireworks display and an aquatic festival.

The Civic Ceremony will be held in the North Ryde School of Arts Hall, in Cox’s Road, North Ryde at 10am.

It will feature an address by Ryde’s Australia Day Ambassador, paralympian Erik Horrie as well as the Citizen and Young Citizen of the Year announcements.

Fifty local residents will become Australian citizens during the event.

Ryde’s Australia Day Family Concert and Fireworks display will be held at North Ryde Common from 5pm until 9.30 pm.

There will also be a ‘Make a Splash’ festival at the Ryde Aquatic Leisure Centre from 10am until 5.45pm.

“Immerse yourself in Australia Day fun at the Ryde Aquatic Leisure Centre and enjoy the Surf Ryder, games, prizes and giveaways,” City of Ryde General Manager Gail Connolly said.

LANE COVE Plaza will host this year’s Australia Day celebration.

The celebration starts at 10am and features an address from Australia Day Ambassador Matt Hall, who has an impressive career in air racing and is currently a Red Bull pilot.

There will be a sausage sizzle and live entertainment from 11am until 1pm: Enjoy a sausage sizzle and live music.

HORNSBY SHIRE COUNCIL will hold its Australia Day event in Hornsby Park 11am to 3pm.

The event ‘s main comedy act will be ‘The Crackup Sisters’ who aim to have the audience in stitches as they deliver a hilarious mix of comedy, whipcracking and acrobatics while telling stories of the Australian country and its larrikin characters.

They will be joined by Diramu Aboriginal Dance and Didgeridoo, the Hornsby Berowra Ukulele Group and the Jim Jam Music Studio Hornsby.

“Children will have plenty of interactive activities to enjoy on the day with a native Australian animal display, face painting and boomerang painting workshops,” Mayor Steve Russell said.

“The Lions Club of Hornsby will serve up a tasty BBQ for a gold coin donation, with proceeds going to local charities Hornsby Connect and The Bedford Community CafŽ.”

Other food options include a Mediterranean stall serving vegetarian delights and delicious homemade sweets from the Country Women’s Association.

For an event program, please visit hornsby.nsw.gov.au/australiaday by Park

CITY OF CANADA BAY will host a Citizenship Ceremony on Australia Day and Civic Awards will be announced later in the week.

The Citizenship Ceremony is by invitation only.


Meet our Hunters Hill Ambassador


Hunters Hill Australia Day Ambassador Sam Cawthorn

A skilled musician who plays the guitar with a bionic arm will be Hunters Hill’s Australia Day Ambassador.

Musician and motivational speaker Sam Cawthorn will give the Australia Day Address at the Deckhouse in Woolwich from 9am and has been welcomed by General Manager Barry Smith.

“Sam is a thought leader and expert in resilience and corporate turnarounds and is also one of the worlds leading speaker coaches,” Mr Smith said.

“He is the CEO for SpeakersInstitute.com.au, a company dedicated to advance humanity by being the incubator for the next generation of speaker talent to help them get their message out into the world commercially.

“Sam is also a highly skilled musician, and one of the only people in the world that plays the guitar with an above elbow amputation.

“He also brags as having the most advanced bionic arm in the world which he programs with his iPhone 5S.”

“It was in light of his outstanding character that Council requested Sam Cawthorn to be our Ambassador for Hunters Hill.

RSVP is a must and should be made by calling Council on 9879 9430 or by email to corporate@huntershill.nsw.gov.au


Meet our local Ambassadors

“This January our most prominent sporting personalities, cultural leaders, medical pioneers and everyday heroes will be visiting communities right across the state for Australia Day as they take on their role as the 2016 Australia Day Ambassadors,” the Australia Day Council of NSW said.

” Having grown from just nine Ambassadors in 1990, the robust Australia Day Ambassador program provides an opportunity to showcase some of Australia’s inspirational and influential individuals.”


Sports stars and media personalities will represent the local area as next year’s Australia Day Ambassadors.

The City of Ryde will be represented by Paralympian Erik Horrie.

ERIK HORRIE is an Australian wheelchair basketball player and rower. He was a member of the Australia men’s national wheelchair basketball team.

Switching to rowing in 2011, he made an immediate impact in the sport, first winning the NSW State Rowing Championships and then the National Rowing Championships in Adelaide.

He won a silver medal at the 2012 Summer Paralympics and gold medals at the 2013 , 2014 and 2015 World Rowing Championships.


The City of Canada Bay will be represented by NRL executive Todd Greenberg,

TODD GREENBERG is Head of Football for the NRL executive and former Canterbury Bulldogs CEO who led the Bulldogs through a period of significant change and enormous growth.

He was responsible for the Bulldogs long term plan which resulted in significant growth for the club.


Lane Cove will be represented by Red Bull Racing Pilot Matt Hall.

MATT HALL is a third generation pilot and a former Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Fighter Combat Instructor.

He is the first Australian to be selected to compete in the Red Bull Air Race World Championship, starting in 2009.

He is a third generation pilot, his grandfather having flown in World War II.


Parramatta will be represented by TV’s Dr Cindy Pan (see Community News}

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