Country meets city for Penrith Australia Day celebrations

January 16, 2017 by  

Penrith is set to celebrate Australia Day 2017 and the area’s colourful and rich heritage by rekindling the spirit of rural life with the innovation and lifestyle of today.

Mayor Cr John Thain said the major event on New South Wales and Australian calendars had a different meaning for everyone but most of all, it is a day to celebrate and reflect on who we all are, the things that have helped to shape our lives and the wonderfully diverse and unique country in which we all live.

He said each Australia Day celebration around the country will be unique and exclusive with Penrith electing to include a celebration of its pioneers, many of whom were farmers helping to grow crops to feed a new colony of settlers.

Bringing the country back to the City, he said, was an ideal way to acknowledge the early pioneers and the area’s heritage.

The free event, to be held at Jamison Park on January 26 from 3pm to 8pm, will be an experienced not to be missed, according to the mayor.

Included in the programme will be fun for all members of the family as well as provide an opportunity to join together with the entire community in celebrating the area’s traditions and diversity.

Traditional activities and a host of games on the day will include tug of war, butter churning, milking the cow, Pavlova decorating and ring toss together with historical and interactive displays and music by a bush band.