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Rokeby residents celebrate Australia Day

THE unseasonably dreary day put no dampener on the recent Australia Day celebrations when more than 70 Eastern Shore residents attended the Rokeby Neighbourhood Centre’s (RNC) annual Australia Day Barbecue.

Run in conjunction with Mission Australia, Clarence City Council and Once Community Together Group, the barbecue included a range of music, food and festivities to celebrate the public holiday.

“It was great to share Australia Day with such a wonderful community,” RNC deputy president Fiona Braithwaite said.

“Adults and children had a great time at the ‘gumboot toss’ with MLC for Rumney, Tony Mulder, leading the way, and everyone loved the many artistic creations of the balloon lady.

“The friendly Mission Australia staff also spent time helping local children make handmade badges and the RNC volunteers lent a hand in making aeroplanes for the paper aeroplane competition later in the day.

“All of this took place while enjoying the music of the talented DJ Steve.”

Also in attendance was Speaker of the House of Assembly Elise Archer, Member for Franklin, Jacquie Petrusma, and regular attendee Alderman Heather Chong, who served up ice creams.