Australia Day celebrations unveiled

Released 18/01/2013

The 2013 Australia Day in the Nation's Capital celebrations were unveiled on Thursday (January 17).

I joined representatives of the National Australia Day Council at the Commonwealth Place jetty to launch the celebrations.

Each year Australia Day draws together thousands of Canberrans to celebrate the pride we share in our national identity, and to reflect on what we have achieved as a nation and as a capital.

In Canberra's Centenary year, Australia Day 2013 has particular significance, providing a great opportunity for our community to celebrate how far our city has come over the past 100 years, and its significance to the shaping of our nation.

Featuring a diverse range of events held across Canberra, the 2013 program has been developed in close association with the National Australia Day Council and local community groups.

Celebrations begin on Friday 25 January with the Australia Day Race Day at Thoroughbred Park.
Also on Australia Day eve, the Australian of the Year awards will be announced at the Parliament House lawns, followed by the popular Australia Celebrates Live concert featuring Jimmy Barnes, Guy Sebastian, The Presets and Timomatic.

On Australia Day there will be a Great Aussie Day Breakfast in Commonwealth Park, presented by ActewAGL and Fyshwick Fresh Food Markets. There will also be free entertainment by Peppa Pig for the kids and Los Chavos, plus rides, jumping castles, face painting and family games. There will be a Flag Raising Ceremony at Rond Terrace, a fly over and 21 Gun Salute, as well as an Australian Citizenship Ceremony.

As the sun sets on Australia Day 2013, make your way to Regatta Point or the lawns of the National Library of Australia and enjoy the Australia Day Fireworks Spectacular, which begins with activities on the lake including dragon boating and rowing.

The Australia Day Ambassador Program, supported by Woolworths, is a prominent feature of the celebrations and provides high achieving Australians the opportunity to engage with their local community at Australia Day events and to share the pride that they have in being Australian.

I welcomed Sean Fitzgerald to the role of ACT Ambassador in recognition of his important contributions to the local community and his achievements nationally. Mr Fitzgerald has been an outstanding advocate for better awareness, access, services, funding and employment opportunities for people with a disability.

To view program of events and for full details of locations and times see

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