VALLEY CITIZEN: 2013 Richmond Valley Citizen of the Year Shirley Wheatley received her award from Australia Day ambassador Janelle Bloom and Richmond Valley mayor Ernie Bennett.
VALLEY CITIZEN: 2013 Richmond Valley Citizen of the Year Shirley Wheatley received her award from Australia Day ambassador Janelle Bloom and Richmond Valley mayor Ernie Bennett.

Events line-up for Aussie Day

PLENTY will be happening to celebrate Australia Day in Coraki this year.

A hard-working committee, headed by George Thompson, have put together a whole raft of activities for all ages.

Whether you're into showing off your dog, hip hop dancing, Tae Kwon Do, cooking competitions or raft racing there is something for everyone.

The day will start with a multi-faith service, then a Welcome to Country, followed by the flag raising and official ceremony and awards presentation.

There will be plenty of music and a showing of entries in the scaled down Coraki Art Prize at Brandon Hall.

Emergency services will be putting on displays on how they deal with kitchen fires and road accidents.

Car enthusiasts will enjoy the Show n' Shine and dog lovers can enter their best friend in the quirky dog show.

There will be lots of activity on the water as well with dragon boat and raft races. Richmond Valley residents will be able to leave their cars behind with free buses running from Casino, Evans Head and Woodburn to the festival.

Two free buses have been organised to pick up residents and visitors throughout the day.

Timetables will be posted in pickup locations, in posters in high traffic areas and in newspaper advertising in The Richmond River Express Examiner, thanks to Richmond Valley Council.

Evans Head locals can join the bus at the Woodburn St bus stop in front of the library.

The bus will then pick up Woodburn locals at the bus stop in front of the post office on the Pacific Hwy before proceeding to Coraki.

Casino locals should wait for their buses at the Canterbury St bus shelter across from the Casino RSM. Return trips will continue until 4pm, picking up from the corner of Allwood St and Richmond Tce and from the Youth Arena in Bridge St, Coraki.

Events

8.30am- Multifaith service, St Josephs Coraki

9.30am - Welcome to Country

10am - Official ceremony

11am - Show n Shine

11am - Music on the River stage all day

11.15am - Rabbit races/circus workshops

11.30am - Dragon boat races

11.45am - Quirky dog shows

11.45am - Emergency services demonstrations

12pm - Hip hop workshop

12.15pm - Aussie pie bake off

12.45pm - Rhee Tae Kwon Do

1pm - Volleyball

1.30pm - Just Dance

2pm - Kids novelty races

3pm - Raft races



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