Fireworks and fun to light up town

Broome Advertiser
Chloe Gray, Emily Brown, Kristen Cookson and Aimee Linton at last year’s event.
Camera IconChloe Gray, Emily Brown, Kristen Cookson and Aimee Linton at last year’s event. Credit: Broome Advertiser

A free fireworks show and family fun day will be hosted in Broome to mark Australia Day next Thursday.

Festivities will kick off in the morning from 8am when the Lions and Lioness clubs of Broome team up with the Rotary Club and Roebuck Lodge to serve the traditional Australia Day breakfast in the park at Town Beach. Patrons are invited to pop down and enjoy a cooked breakfast for $2.

Outstanding members of the community will be recognised during the 2017 Community Citizen of the Year Awards, while Broome’s newest Australian citizens will be welcomed at this year’s Australian Citizenship Ceremony.

A host of venues around town will hold their own Australia Day celebrations.

Families and community members will then be invited to return to Town Beach later in the day for the alcohol-free Shire of Broome Australia Day Fireworks and Family Fun Day, which starts at 4pm in Lions Pioneer Park. Highlights will include water slides, bouncy castle, kids’ entertainment, and food and market stalls.

A spectacular fireworks show will start at 8pm with a live radio simulcast on Spirit 102.9FM. Spectators are encouraged to bring a chair and torch.

Broome Shire president Ron Johnston said Australia Day was an opportunity for the community to come together.

“This is a wonderful time to welcome some new Australian citizens to Broome and to recognise those who contribute to our community,” he said.

“The Shire of Broome in conjunction with Spirit 102.9FM is pleased to again host a fun, alcohol-free afternoon event that can be enjoyed by the whole family.”

The Town Beach carpark will be closed until 9pm on Australia Day, with traffic controls in place on Robinson Street.

Meanwhile, the Shire of Derby/ West Kimberley will host its own Australia Day celebrations, with a community breakfast being held at the Derby Sportsman’s Club from 7am-9.30am for a $2 gold coin donation. A citizen awards ceremony and kids’ activities will also be part of the line-up.

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