Get in early for Oz Day plans

CALLING all those with great ideas, expertise and time who would like their talents put to good use!

The next exciting project to hit the committee that organised the Beef Meets Reef event will be the Richmond Valley Australia Day celebrations.

To be held in Evans Head in 2013, the Australia Day event will be bigger and better than ever, according to committee member Shane Todd.

"We are absolutely excited," he said.

"With the Beef Meets Reef event we only had six weeks to organise.

"With the Australia Day event we have plenty more time."

One other advantage the group sees it has is the untapped energy, talent and commitment of members of the community.

"This is the opportunity for people out there who would like to get involved with the organisation of such an important day," committee member Brian O'Farrell said.

"Many people sometimes don't know how they can help in these events, so we want to give as many of them as possible the opportunity to put their hand up."

Plans for the day have already been "thrown around" and include ideas for beach and river events and even some historical-themed activities.

"We thought of a kayak race up the river and possibly even an Aussie triathlon," committee member Brody Aleckson said.

Richmond Valley Council general manager John Walker said that in addition to recognising the outstanding individual and group community contributions in the Richmond Valley region through the Citizen Awards, the council would also welcome residents wishing to undertake their Australian Citizenship ceremony on the day.

Anyone interested in becoming part of the Australia Day celebrations can attend Monday, August 6 meeting at the Evans Head Bowling Club at 5.30pm.

"All positions for the committee will be open and we will be voting people into them at this meeting," Mr Todd said.

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