David Gwynee

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David Gwynee from the Council of Loxton Waikerie brings us up to date with what's happening in his community around Australia Day.

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David Gwynee

  1. 1. 2011 Australia Day <br />National Conference, <br />Waikerie Australia Day Spectacular<br />By<br />David Gwynne – Chairperson<br />
  2. 2. Waikerie<br /><ul><li>Known as the ‘Citrus Capital’ of Australia
  3. 3. Situated 170km north-east of Adelaide
  4. 4. Located in the heart of the Riverland on the Murray River
  5. 5. A population of around 5000 people</li></li></ul><li>
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  9. 9. Council Information<br /><ul><li>Amalgamated with Loxton in 1997 to form the District Council of Loxton Waikerie
  10. 10. The council has an area of 7,957 square kilometres
  11. 11. Combined population of approximately 12,000 people
  12. 12. The majority of our industries are: Citrus, Grapes and Cereal Crops</li></li></ul><li>
  13. 13. Waikerie’s first Australia Day Spectacular was held back in 1996. It has now become a tradition where people from all walks of life come together to celebrate the Australian way of living. With an array of food and wine, as well as the best entertainment on offer.<br />
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  15. 15. The event incorporates the <br />following activities – <br /><ul><li>Combined Church Service
  16. 16. Loxton/Waikerie Council Community Awards
  17. 17. Ambassadors Program – special guest
  18. 18. Carnival atmosphere with food and refreshment stalls
  19. 19. Wine tasting marquee
  20. 20. Children's fun park
  21. 21. Spectacular fire works display
  22. 22. South Australia’s most popular party bands</li></li></ul><li>Australia Day Spectacular<br /><ul><li>Centrally located on the town oval
  23. 23. Is held either Australia Day eve or the night of Australia Day itself.
  24. 24. This event has now been running for 16 years.
  25. 25. Crowd size approx. 2500 people</li></li></ul><li>
  26. 26. This event is successful because –<br /><ul><li> From the onset, admission has always been (and still is) a gold coin donation
  27. 27. Caters for people of all ages
  28. 28. Brings communities together no matter what their religion or nationality
  29. 29. A dedicated group of volunteers who work tirelessly to make this spectacular event the huge success that it has become</li></li></ul><li>
  30. 30. Tips – <br /><ul><li> Have a hard working and dedicated organising committee
  31. 31. Advertising and promotions in all media outlets
  32. 32. Business houses, service and sporting clubs to fully support event
  33. 33. Total support from local council, either in kind or monetary</li></li></ul><li>

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