Australia Day activities will be held in Lithgow and Wallerawang on Tuesday 26th January with free activities and entertainment for everyone. The Ambassador’s Address will be given by environmental management expert Peter McLean.

“Australia Day will be an important opportunity to come together as a community to acknowledge our resilience and the generosity of spirit that has shone through the many challenges of this past year,” said Lithgow City Council Mayor Ray Thompson. “We welcome our Ambassadors passion and knowledge for environmental care.”

The 2021 Australia Day Ambassador is Peter McLean, Executive Officer of the Australian Organics Recycling Association. After a number of years in State and Local Government, Peter worked for Keep Australia Beautiful where he managed litter reduction campaigns and various community development programs like Tidy Towns before becoming CEO in 2007. Peter holds a degree in Environmental Management with a specialism in Bush Regeneration.

Peter believes that healthy soils means healthy people, environments and economies.

Lithgow’s Official Ceremony will be held at Queen Elizabeth Park from 10:00 to 11:00am.  It includes a Citizenship Ceremony, the NSW Local Citizenship Awards, and the Ambassador’s Address. Entertainment will be provided by the Lithgow City Band and Lithgow Highland Pipe Band.  A free sausage sizzle and delicious damper and cakes will be provided.

Wallerawang’s celebrations will take place at the Wallerawang Community & Sports Club from 10.30am with a festival of fun for all the family including music, mural painting, children’s activities, BBQ and more. The official ceremony commences at 1.30pm with an address by the Australia Day Ambassador.

The Portland community will be able to celebrate Australia Day with family and friends with free entry to the Portland Olympic Pool.

Covid safe measures will be in place for all sites. All guests will be required to register their attendance.

Due to evolving health advice, event details may change. Please check Lithgow City Council’s Australia Day website regularly for updates

COVID Safe activities have been supported by the National Australia Day Council.

Australia Day Ambassador Peter McLean