Nelson Bay Australia Day committee planning full program of events for Australia Day 2022

Australia Day in Nelson Bay was a quiet affair in 2021 as the ongoing pandemic forced the cancellation of the hugely popular community celebrations in Fly Point.

But behind the scenes, the Nelson Bay Australia Day committee has been hard at work and is planning a full program of community festivities for 2022.

Doug Cross said that the committee, of which he is chairman, was determined to make up for the cancelation of the 2021 event.

"We were very disappointed that COVID-19 prevented this year's event but we are determined to make next year's celebrations better than ever," Mr Cross said.

"We will start the day with the Australia Day parade through town starting at 9am on January 26 at the Seabreeze Hotel and finishing at Neill Carroll Rotary Park.

"There will be a rock band on stage, exhibitions by JDs World of Magic, the Reptile Park and the Robyn Yvette School of Dance.

"There will also be lots to do for children with two jumping castles, free pony rides and lots of giveaways.

"We will be privileged to present a welcomed to country by a member of the local Worimi people, followed by a citizenship ceremony conducted by the mayor of the day and an address by the Australia Day Ambassador."

Mr Cross said that the committee was motivated to make the 2022 celebration the best ever.

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