GET ready for Australia Day, kicking off with breakfast at Bruce Porter Reserve in Laurieton at 7am.
The breakfast has changed venue this year from Pilot Beach to the reserve (the location of the monthly Riverwalk markets).
This year the event will have free jumping castle and face painting for the kids while parents enjoy the deliciously affordable breakfast provided by the Laurieton Lions Club.
You’ll be unable to resist the aroma of sizzling snags, damper and golden syrup, meat pies, lamingtons, tea and coffee along with traditional entertainment from the Hastings District Pipe Band, 48th Regiment of Foot firing the cannon and muskets and music from the Camden Haven Concert Band.
Making the journey to the area will be Australia Day Ambassadors actor Paula Duncan AM and singer/composer Iva Davies.
Paula Duncan AM has worked extensively on stage, film and television, and has been a household name throughout Australia for over half of her life, not only as an actress but as one of Australia’s most loved personalities. She has appeared in TV dramas including The Young Doctors, Prisoner, Neighbours, Richmond Hill, Home & Away and Mother & Son; lifestyle programs, current affairs shows and commercials (most notably for Spray & Wipe, Caltrate and Jenny Craig). She has been honoured by Channel 9’s, This is Your Life, and during the five years she starred in the TV series Cop Shop, she was awarded no less than seven Logies.
For her work with charity, Paula was nominated for the Australia Day Award for work with people with disability, and in 1997 was awarded the Executive Woman of the Year for Contribution to the Arts and the Community. Most notably she was awarded an Order of Australia for Outstanding Contribution to the Entertainment Industry and the Australian Community.
Mr Davies is perhaps best known for his role as lead vocalist in Australian band Icehouse. He was trained at the NSW State Conservatorium of Music in oboe, piano and composing. He also played with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.
With Icehouse, Davies created several iconic Australian songs including Great Southern Land now recognized as an alternate Australian Anthem.
Mr Davies has also composed film scores, including Razorback which earned him an APRA Award and an AFI nomination, and Peter Weir’s Master and Commander.
He is recognized as a pioneer of the Australian music technology.
Mr Davies has composed scores for ballet and the Sydney Olympics to name a few.
In 2006 he was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame and last year Icehouse made a return to performing and touring.
Ambassador information from www.australiaday.com.au