Thursday, 9 January 2020
As the City of Bunbury gets ready for its annual Skyfest Australia Day celebrations the organisation will contribute $20,000 towards bushfire relief efforts as a result of the catastrophic fires taking place in south eastern Australia.
The community will also be able to donate to relief efforts at Skyfest with a collection point being set up at the City’s Information Tent. Funds will go toward the National Bushfire Disaster Appeal.
The popular event will return to Bicentennial Square on Saturday 26 January with entertainment and activities for the whole community to enjoy.
Start the day with a cooked breakfast hosted by the APEX Club of Bunbury Koombana at 6.30am to 9.30am or if you’re feeling energetic take part in the Bunbury Runners Club Australia Day Fun Run around Leschenault Inlet from 7.30am.
The Mayor’s Citizenship and Awards Ceremony begins at 8.30am where the Mayor will welcome 40 new citizens from India, UK, Philippines , Kenya, US, China, England, Estonia, Taiwan, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Pakistan, U.S.S.R, Ireland and Italy.
Mayor Gary Brennan said while it was currently a sombre time for Australia it was important for the community to band together.
“On behalf of Council I wish to express my sadness and despair at the current situation on the east of the country and hope the City’s contribution of $20,000 can help make a difference,” Mayor Brennan said.
“It is times like these where the Aussie spirit shines through – resilience, mateship and compassion for those in need.
“I encourage the community to attend this year’s Skyfest event and give thanks to these values that make our City and country so great and also welcome our new citizens.”
All the fun and frivolity begins again from 4pm with food trucks, market stalls, family-friendly activities and entertainment taking over Bicentennial Square.
There will be free activities such as a petting zoo, dodgeball, face painting, water rides, gaming truck and arts.
From 4pm live music will begin at the Graham Bricknell Music Shell with performances by South West and Perth entertainers Santori and Gamble, Nicki Rose Duo, Blue Child Collective, These Galahs and Felix.
The fireworks display will begin at 8.30pm with the event closing at 9pm.
If you wish to donate to the bushfire relief here’s how you can: