National day to be a spirited affair

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Australia Day may fall on a Sunday this year, but that won’t stop the West Kimberley from getting into the Aussie spirit for 2020.

Revellers are set to flock to Town Beach once again when the Shire of Broome, Lions and Lionesses Clubs, the Rotary Club of Broome, Broome Men’s Shed and Broome Lodge host their traditional community breakfast from 8am on January 26.

Along with the $2 breakfast, residents will enjoy a variety of family-friendly activities, welcome Australia’s newest citizens, and acknowledge those who have made a huge community contribution in the Community Citizen of the Year Awards.

Shire president Harold Tracey said Broome would have a lot to celebrate as a town this Australia Day.

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“We will be embracing and recognising all our new Australian citizens that will be there at the ceremony and the achievements of members of our community,” he said.

“This will be made all the more better by the new Town Beach revitalisations that are being done, making it a great place for families to come down and join in the positive celebration.”

Broome’s Mangrove Hotel will be kicking off its Australia Day celebrations a day early as it hosts events throughout the Australia Day long weekend.

Its celebrations will begin with a Triple J Hottest 100 party on Saturday. Local musician Matt Bamkin will perform all the Aussie classics from 4pm-7pm on the big day, and a Triple J Hottest 200 party will be held on Monday, January 27.

Skylla Lounge will also begin its Australia Day festivities early, with a party slated for January 25 from 11pm that will include Aussie music, Aussie-themed drinks, and a watermelon-eating competition.

The Roebuck Bay Hotel will host its traditional backyard cricket tournament from 10am on Australia Day, while Perth band The Organ Grinders will perform the best Aussie anthems in the Sports Bar from 5pm.

The Roey will also be giving away a free pint to the patron who dresses in the “most iconic Aussie get-up”.

Meanwhile, the Shire of Derby/West Kimberley will hold its traditional community breakfast from 7am at Derby Sportsmen’s Club, which will also include its Active Citizenship Awards and citizenship ceremony.

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