Lighting installations, inspired by the spectacular Vivid Sydney Festival, are among the proposed council events to celebrate Australia Day 2022 in the Sutherland Shire.
The light display would be a walk-by event every night during Australia Day week in locations that could include the Como Pleasure Grounds, Cooper Street Reserve and Burnum Burnum Reserve, Woronora.
Australia Day and Citizenship Committee considered options for a COVID-19 safe event amid expectations, restrictions on mass meetings will continue until mid-next year.
Other events in the proposed program, which will be reviewed at this month’s Council meeting, include:
- Citizenship Ceremony in Hazelhurst Gardens, which repeated the successful event of 2021 with 100 people. This can be scaled up if restrictions allow.
- Leisure center family fun days in Caringbah, Sutherland, Engadine and Como with free, ticket sessions. Two sessions (morning and afternoon) with limited numbers are planned.
- Local performer activation in each of the five departments. Locations may include Dunningham Park, Hazelhurst, Como Pleasure Grounds, Cooper Street Reserve and Burnum Burnum Reserve.
- Recognition of local Dharawal culture and local elders is developed in consultation.
- Outdoor Family Film Night – cinema events could be planned at the Cooper Street Reserve and alternative venues in the evening.
It was agreed that local activations, local artists and family-based activities fit well.
Sutherland Shire Council Report
A report from council staff said the Australia Day and Citizenship Committee agreed that local activations, local artists and family-based activities were “a good match”.
“They provide a great mix where families can spend an entire day on Australia Day, people coming in and out of the areas at any time of the day to enjoy the day,” the report said.
“The arrangements provide the flexibility to ‘scale’ or ‘downscale’ if public health orders change.”
The traditional Australia Day events are large outdoor performances, family entertainment and fireworks in Cronulla and Menai.