Australia Day went off with a bang over the weekend as hundreds of spectators gathered to witness a spectacular fireworks display at Town Beach.
The Broome Shire promised to deliver an extraordinary event – and didn’t disappoint crowds who flocked to the Town Beach foreshore to enjoy an extravagant show across Broome’s skies.
The colourful finale capped off celebrations of the Shire’s inaugural Australia Day Fireworks and Family Concert, sponsored by Buru Energy.Families headed to Lions Pioneer Park late afternoon to enjoy the show.
Earlier on in the day, locals gathered to Town Beach for the traditional Combined Services Clubs Australia Day Breakfast.
The community welcomed this year’s new Australian citizens from different parts of the world, including the UK, NZ and the Philippines.
Broome proudly recognised the contribution made to the Kimberley by two outstanding achievers.
Peter Matsumoto was awarded the Premier’s Active Citizenship Award, for years of civic leadership in a range of arenas including local government, Aboriginal affairs, health and social justice.
Broome Shire president Graeme Campbell said Mr Matsumoto’s most significant initiative was his work with Kullarri Patrol, which had made a “real difference” in the Broome community.
Broome Senior High School head boy Joseph Bin Omar received the Under-25-Years Award.
Cr Campbell said Mr Bin Omar had excelled academically while also taking on leadership roles with the student representative council and West Kimberley Football Academy.
The Community Group Award went to the Lions Club of Broome for its outstanding work in the community. As well as helping to cook breakfast for up to 1000 people on Australia Day, the club’s volunteers run important events throughout the year, including Anzac Day and the Broome Mango Festival.
This year, the Kimberley also made it on the Australia Day 2013 Honours List. Dampier Police Senior Sergeant Neville Ripp was awarded an Australian police service medal for emergency services.