Celebrate Australia Day

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A Rotary breakfast at Coronation Park – free of charge – from 7am.

Yass Valley Council will hold its official Australia Day presentation ceremony from 8am, including a flag-raising ceremony, a speech from our Australia Day Ambassador Reverend Graham Long, presentations of the shire’s Australia Day awards, and a citizenship ceremony.

Other family fun includes the jumping castle, a Greypies footy match, and face painting.


The day will kick off from 7.30am with the Lions Club hosting a breakfast in Jones Park.

Then it is the grand opening for the Murrumbateman Farmers Market, which will include all the expected fresh produce, crafts, plants, etc, plus some extra attractions including:

- tennis coaching tips

- balloon artist

- karate display

- busking

- face painting.

Donations to the Murrumbateman Fire Brigade.


Australia Day at ‘Blackburn’ will follow a federation theme.

The house was built around 1885 to 1890, when colonial politicians were creating the Commonwealth of Australia. It is possible to imagine the residents of ‘Blackburn’ receiving news of the declaration of the Commonwealth on January 1 1901.

Following on from Australia Day breakfasts in Yass, Murrumbateman and Gunning, visitors can drive out to ‘Blackburn’ between 11am and 4pm, bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the gardens with friends and family.

Entry to the grounds is free.

Yass Can Assist will be running a cool drinks and smoothies stand.

Vegemite sandwiches will be available – maintaining that Aussie theme!

Cars from the Grumpy Old Men’s car club from Murrumbateman will be attending and it is also hoped there will be some classic cars from Yass Antique Car Club and the Antique Military Vehicles Club – depending upon the fire situation. A parade of vehicles is planned for 12.30pm.

Natalie Blundell will provide a demonstration on her horse Algebra and there will be rides for the little ones on Algebra’s Shetland pony companion.

The trio Tinker’s Cuss will be providing musical entertainment.

Tours of the house will be conducted throughout the day.

For more information, please phone James Harker-Mortlock on 0411 182 649.

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Wee Jasper

Locals and campers will be battling it out on the cricket pitch for the Billy Grace Garry Anderson Memorial Trophy in the annual Australia Day Cricket Match.

It’s Wee Jasper (Locals) versus Billy Grace (Campers) at 'The Oval', Billy Grace Reserve.

Anyone over 13 years can play. Sign up from 9am, game starts 9.30am. Scorers and umpires are also welcome.

A sausage sizzle, including cold drinks, will be held by the Wee Jasper P&C Association.

Bring shade, chair, sunscreen and hat! 

Contact Wee Jasper Reserves Trust for more information ph 6227 9626.


Australia Day presentations will be made at a breakfast at Barbour Park, within the Meadow Creek Reserve, on Saturday commencing at 8am.

The presentations are on behalf of the Upper Lachlan Shire Council.

The Lions Club of Gunning will cater for the breakfast ($5 per person or $10 per family).

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