One Day budget slashed

Last year’s smoking ceremony.

FREMANTLE council has slashed the budget for this year’s alternative Australia Day celebration One Day in Fremantle by 80 per cent.

Last year’s event cost about $100,000 for a thousand or so patrons (the stage soaked up most of the funds) but 2021 will see a more modest program worth about $20,000.

The focus will be on a traditional smoking ceremony at Bathers Beach on Sunday January 24 from 8am followed by Nyumbi – a Noongar celebration dance, and a barbecue and music at Kidogo Arthouse.

Mayor Brad Pettitt blamed Covid-19 for the reduced program, saying it was “due to health department requirement around public gatherings”.

“It’s also true that Covid-19 has had a big impact on the But he says a smaller event won’t be less meaningful.

The council will still hold a citizenship ceremony and announce its citizens of the year on January 26.

Cockburn council is sticking with the traditional January 26 celebration, but will also have Indigenous dancers Bindjareb Middars Aboriginal Dance Group among its performers at Coogee Beach.

There’ll also be a free sausage sizzle while the last, rides and slides, fire brigade demonstrations, weaving, mermaids, sandcastle building competition and food available to purchase.

Flag raising

Melville is also doing the January 26 thing, albeit with a little less razzamatazz, down at John Creaney Reserve in Parry Avenue, Bull Creek. There’s a bbq breakfast from the Lions Club of Bull Creek from 8.30am followed by a flag raising ceremony and the citizenship awards and ceremony.

East Fremantle council has a sausage sizzle at Locke Park from 9am on January 26 along with its citizenship ceremony.

by STEVE GRANT

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