Australia Day 2016


It was so welcoming to see so many members of our community come together and celebrate what’s great about being Australian.

The morning began with a 4,000,000mm Annual Fun Run with over 30 participants of all ages mustering the will to get up and discover what the fun is all about.  Congratulations to our winners – Nyah Brown (first), Caleb Speechley (second) and Ben Vincent (third).

The ceremony commenced with a Flag Raising ceremony by the Australian Navy Cadets followed by the Citizenship Ceremony at the Council Office Grounds.  Once again we are very fortunate to have Gary Higgins MLA and the Navy Cadets join us.

Congratulations to our Citizen of the year – Jill Mumme, Youth Citizen of the Year – Sarah Brown and our Community Event of the Year – “Walk to School”.

Our family day saw more than 200 people attend the activities at Cloppenburg Park which started at 11.00am.  We are  really excited to have the whole community invited to come join in the Australia day celebrations.  There were our old favourites, a cricket match against the Navy Cadets, thong throwing competition and tug-of-war.  Other activities included once again Toad Races, count the jelly beans, fishing competition, face painting, ball pit and coloring competitions with heaps of amazing prizes to be won.

A newie to our activities – The Pumper Jumpers along with their Team Leader Kim Rowe showed us their choreographed skipping skills with a 15 min performance showing us their incredible jumping skills.  This group of Darwin children will be heading off to Swedan in July/August to compete at the Rope Skipping Championships.

The family day full of entertainment also included music, a BBQ lunch proudly run by the Bushfire Brigade and drinks supplied by the Cox Country Club.

A huge thank you to the community for showing their support and pride on this special day.  Also a huge thank you to all those who helped and organised this wonderful day.  We would also like to thank everyone who donated prizes for our raffle.  Without your efforts our Australia Day events would not have been possible.



Australia Day was another successful day here at Wagait Beach, which drew a wonderful crowd to both the ceremony and activities at Cloppenburg Park.

We would like to thank the following for their support and help throughout this day, along with everyone who attended.

Peter McLean – Australia Day Ambassador along with Erin and Foster Stavridis from the Australia Day Council.

Gary Higgins, MLA and Rhonda for attending our ceremony.

LEUT ANC Steve McGreevy and Cadets – for once again for being part of our celebration and joining us for a game of cricket.

Cox Peninsula Unit – NTES – for assisting with setting up for the ceremony.

Cox Peninsula Volunteer Bushfire Brigade – for volunteering to help cook the BBQ lunch.

Seniors of Wagait Beach – for volunteering their time to serve morning tea

Children of Wagait Beach – thank you for cooking the scones and lamingtons and making the playdough

Renae Lillis and Sarah Brown – thank you for assisting with face painting our crowd.

Thank you to Wagait Beach Supermarket, M Kiem, Bowtown Electrical for donating prizes for the raffle.

Below are some pictures.