City snuffs out Australia Day celebration
City snuffs out Australia Day celebration

The City of Albany has canned its annual Australia Day event, blaming a decline in attendance.

For the past three years the City has held a free family fun day at Albany Leisure and Aquatic Centre, featuring live bands, stalls, children’s entertainment, citizenship awards and fireworks.

Albany Mayor Dennis Wellington said the event would not go ahead next year due to a decline in the number of attendees and stallholders.

However, Mr Wellington promised the City was planning another annual family fun day to replace the event, with details to be decided early next year.

“After consultation with Albany City Council, it was decided to focus on the Australia Day civic ceremony recognising Albany’s new Australian citizens,” he said.

The Mayor said the citizenship ceremony and announcement of citizenship award winners would be held at the City’s North Road offices on January 28.

“The City is still committed to hosting free events for the community to enjoy,” he said.

“The Christmas Pageant will be returning to York Street this year and the New Year’s Eve fireworks display will be an especially spectacular event. Rather than have two fireworks shows in the short period between Australia Day and New Year’s Eve, we’ve decided to go for one really big show that uses a barge in Princess Royal Harbour as the firing platform.”

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