Central Coast Council has estimated that more than 12,000 people attended the Woy Woy waterfront Australia Day celebrations on January 26.
Council unit manager Mr Glenn Cannard said Australia Day was made even more special by the strong community support for the Woy Woy event.
He said the council had received positive feedback, especially on the lantern parade, “a collaborative community project starting with a number of workshops over two weeks and resulting in creative lanterns reflective of our community spirit”.
“We will be building on this component of our Australia Day event over the coming years,” he said.
He said other festivity highlights included the Zorb Balls on the water, headline band The Nevilles which entertained crowds into the evening, the variety of games and activities for families and an accessibility tent.
“The event ended with a spectacular fireworks display over the water.
“We were delighted to host this special event, which brought our community together to celebrate our diversity, our values, our national achievements and our hopes for the future,” Mr Cannard said.
Mayor Cr Jane Smith said Australia Day was all about acknowledging and celebrating the contribution that every Australian made “to our vibrant and diverse nation”.
“It was great to see the community come together at our Woy Woy Australia Day celebration.
“We are so lucky to live in such a beautiful part of the world and at the event we saw that great community spirit come to life,” Cr Smith said.
Media statements, 4 Feb 2019
Glenn Cannard, Central Coast Council
Jane Smith, Central Coast Council