The Tweed’s towns and villages will once again display their Aussie pride at a range of official and local ceremonies and entertainment planned for Australia Day 2010, 26 January.
The Tweed Shire Australia Day Committee will host this year’s official event at Burringbar, with the program commencing at 11am.
The official Tweed Shire Australia Day Awards for 2009 will be presented by the Tweed’s Australia Day Ambassador Glenn Sargeant and Tweed Shire Australia Day Committee Chairman Don Beck.
These include Tweed Shire Citizen of the Year, an Arts and Cultural Award, sporting awards, Community Event of the Year and Volunteer of the Year.
“Australia Day is a great day of traditions to remember, as no matter what country you’re from, we are all Australians,” Mr Beck said.
“Tweed residents have always been great supporters of Australia Day and we urge everyone to come out and go along to one of the many local events to celebrate this great day in our history,” he said.
Twenty-seven Tweed residents have chosen Australia Day 2010 to become Australian citizens, in a ceremony to be conducted as part of the official program by Mayor of Tweed Warren Polglase.
In addition to the official program at Burringbar, local events will be held across the Tweed, including new events at Tweed Heads and on the Tweed Coast at Bogangar/Cabarita Beach.
The focus will be on family fun at Tweed Heads, with fun Aussie-themed games in Chris Cunningham Park such as thong throwing.
Music takes centre stage at Bogangar/Cabarita Beach, with the Bellywhackers Band playing from 9.15am outside the Surf Club.
The village of Tyalgum continues its Australia Day sporting traditions, hosting the Tyalgum Cup cycle race and the hotly-contested ‘Australia versus India’ junior and senior cricket matches on Bruce Bartrim Oval.
Mr Sargeant was the head of Plumpton High School in western Sydney for 18 years until his retirement in 2004.
He established the Young Mothers in Education program in 1994, which ensured teenagers who fell pregnant would have a supportive environment in which to finish their schooling. More than 150 completed the program, a third finished the Higher School Certificate (HSC) and many went on to university.
Many may remember Mr Sargeant from the four-part documentary TV series Plumpton High Babies, which screened on ABC-TV in 2003. This series received huge public applause and led to much public debate over the subject of teenage pregnancy.
Today, Mr Sargeant’s program is being emulated by schools in NSW, Victoria, Western Australia, Queensland and the United Kingdom.
Mr Sargeant was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australian in 2004 for his compassion, leadership, service to education and to youth. His other awards include:
• 2003 – NSW Community Father of the Year Award
• 2004 and 2005 – nominated for Australian of the Year
• 2005 – received National Australia Day Council’s Local Hero (Metropolitan NSW) Award
• 2006 – Father Chris Riley’s “Youth off the Streets”, ‘Shine’ community award.