Sussex plans big Australia Day

TOURISTS might have left Sussex Inlet in droves recently because of fear the village and surrounding areas would be engulfed by a bushfire but this has not deterred two groups from staging a big Australia Day event.

The Sussex Inlet Men’s Shed and Rotary Club of Sussex Inlet have been planning their Australia Day for months.

With so many displays and lots of entertainment, the organisers are confident of attracting a big crowd.

Secretary Kevin Phillips said the aim was to do something positive for the community.

"Two years ago on Australia Day we were selling raffle tickets in out the front of the cinema and were asked about was happening in the village to mark the event,” Mr Phillips said.

The answer was not much, so the men’s shed and Rotary Club decided to take charge.

The festivities at Thomson Street Sporting Complex will start at 10am and finish at 3pm.

There will be a pet contest, judged by village vet David Goodwin from 2pm.

So register your pet before 2pm on the day to be in the running.

There will also be a best decorated bike contest, fly-fishing casting contests, line dancing, music from the Pirates Band, the Sirenics, Haven Harmonics and Pigeon House jazz band, games and novelty events, rides on a real steam traction engine, vintage cars and machinery displays, a bike race and more.

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