Australia Day 2020

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With a community rich in cultural diversity, Australia Day is a cherished celebration for thousands of people who have come to call Liverpool home.

Council's free, all-ages Australia Day celebration returns to Woodward Park in Liverpool on Sunday 26 January 2020, 5pm - 10pm.

There will be a stellar line-up of live entertainment for children and adults, amazing international cuisine that reflects the city's diversity, children’s activities, show bags, carnival rides and plenty more!

Donations will also be collected for the NSW Rural Fire Service to support their continued efforts to protect homes and wildlife from bushfire. You can also visit their website to make a donation.

Gates at the all-ages celebration will open at 4pm, with entertainment to commence at 5pm.

Main stage entertainment 

5pm - MC Welcome
5.10pm - Errol Renaud and Caribbean Soul
5.45pm - The Vegetable Plot
6.30pm - Ragin Cajuns
7.15pm - Hari Kari
8pm - Uptown Funk 
9pm - Channel 10 fireworks spectacular
9.10pm - Haus Inspection

Channel 10 Carnival Zone

Families will be treated to plenty of carnival rides for people of all ages and heights, with tickets ranging in price from $2 to $5.

Kids Zone

Get crafty with animal sand art, colour-in Australian flags, make your own jewellery and put your hula hooping skills to the test. Our talented face painters will be armed with glitter, stick-on gems and paint to add some sparkle to your Australia Day outfit. Enter the jungles of Africa and take some fun snaps in front of Channel 10's I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here photo wall or enjoy fun colouring-in activities.

Food

The Eats precinct, Kids Zone and Carnival Zone will feature a glorious selection of food that reflects Liverpool’s multicultural identity. Food vendors include:

Angie's Pancakes
Mini Dutch poffertjes (pancakes) with choice of toppings

Beirut Falafel
Lebanese bites, including falafel, chicken shawarma rolls, burgers and chips

Bite Me Mini Donuts
Mini doughnuts and slushies

Carnival Fun Food
Classic carnival goodies such as fairy floss, popcorn, soft serve ice cream and slushies

Dippin' Dots
Flash frozen ice cream snacks, available in 22 flavours

Food Fiction
New York-style pastrami sandwiches and southern Jerk chicken

Fusion Corner
Flavourful Indian bites

Knafeh Bearded Bakers
Serving up their famous dessert

Pampa Flame
South Brazilian barbequed meats

Volkswurst
German-style sausages

Wheely Gourmet
Flavours drawing on Macedonian heritage, including bitola and Balkan wraps, halloumi and dessert crepes

Public Transport

The event site – Woodward Park – is about 20 minutes’ walk from Liverpool Station and is located close to various bus stops. Visit the Transport for NSW website to plan your trip by public transport.

Parking

There will be dedicated free parking for up to 400 cars at Bulldogs Land on the corner of Memorial Avenue and Hume Highway. There is other parking nearby at Collimore Car Park (10 minutes’ walk), Northumberland Street Car Park (10 minutes’ walk) and Bathurst Street Car Park (15 minutes’ walk). Parking in the Liverpool CBD is free on public holidays.

Is this an 18+ event?
This is a free all-ages event.

Is your Australia Day event free?
Yes, our Australia Day event is free, however rides will cost up to $5. For safety reasons, people will be refused entry if the site reaches capacity of 15,000 people.

Where can I get tickets?
You do not need to get tickets. The event is free.

What time can I get there?
Gates open at 4pm, with performances commencing at 5pm. The event finishes at 10pm.

Is there parking for Australia Day? / How do I get there?
There will be dedicated parking spaces for up to 400 cars at Bulldogs Land on the corner of Memorial Avenue and Hume Highway. There will be overflow parking at Brickmakers Creek and there is other parking nearby at Collimore Car Park (10 minutes’ walk), Northumberland Street Car Park (10 minutes’ walk) and Bathurst Street Car Park (15 minutes’ walk). Parking in the Liverpool CBD is free on public holidays.

The event site – Woodward Park – is about ten minutes’ walk from Liverpool Station and is located close to various bus stops. Visit the Transport for NSW website to plan your trip by public transport.

Is there disabled access / parking at this event?
Accessible parking is located close to the Woodward Park main entrance off Memorial Drive.

Will I be searched upon entry?
Security bag checks will be enforced upon entry to the event. Please check our ‘prohibited items’ list below to ensure you are aware of what not to bring to our Australia Day event.

For safety reasons, Council staff, event crew and security reserve the right to check your bags upon entry and during the event, and will confiscate any prohibited items such as alcohol.

Can we bring our own food?
Yes, however there will be plenty of tasty food options that cater for every dietary requirement.

Are there vegan / vegetarian / gluten free options?
There will be plenty of food options that cater for every dietary requirement.

Can we bring our own alcohol?
You are not permitted to bring your own alcohol.

Can I smoke at the event?
Smoking, including by way of electronic cigarettes or vaporisers, will only be permitted in the designated smoking area.

Can I bring in BBQs or shade structures?
For safety reasons, you are unable to bring your own barbeque or shade structure.

What items are prohibited?

Items prohibited at Australia Day include:

  • Alcohol and illicit substances of any kind;
  • Glass bottles, glassware or breakable containers;
  • Barbeques or shade structures;
  • Knives, scissors or weapons of any kind, including any item that can be used as a projectile;
  • Fireworks, sparklers or flares;
  • Laser pointers;
  • Drones or any other remote-controlled device;
  • Bicycles, Scooters, Skateboards or skates;
  • Animals (excluding service animals);
  • Cameras and recording devices for commercial use (unless approved by Council); and
  • Other items deemed by security, police or event coordinators as having potential to cause injury or public nuisance.

Can I bring my pet?
For the safety of pets – particularly when it comes to loud noise from rides, entertainment and fireworks – animals (excluding service animals) are not permitted on the event grounds.

Can I take photos / film at the event?
Photos can be taken for personal use. Professional photography (including the use of tripods for safety reasons) will not be permitted on the night without prior consent from Liverpool City Council’s Communications team. Contact Ryan Auberson-Walsh, Liverpool City Council Communications Officer, if you have any queries – auberson-walshr@liverpool.nsw.gov.au.

Are there ATMs on site?
There will be multiple ATMs located on site. Many of the stallholders will also have EFTPOS facilities.

Are rides free?
Rides cost between $2 and $5 each.

Will there be fireworks?
There will be fireworks at 9pm.

What happens if it rains?
The show must go on! If weather conditions become extreme and pose risk to attendees, performers and crew, the event may be cancelled. Notification will be provided via Council’s social media channels.

Media accreditation?
Media are requested to contact Ryan Auberson-Walsh, Liverpool City Council Communications Officer, to receive accreditation to photograph, film or run interviews at the event – auberson-walshr@liverpool.nsw.gov.au.

Can I apply to be a stallholder?
Stallholder applications have closed, but if you are interested in future events with Council, including Australia Day, please submit your expression of interest here.

Who can I contact if I have any further questions?
You can drop a line to the Events team at events@liverpool.nsw.gov.au.

Council's Australia Day Awards are presented annually to local citizens and groups who have made outstanding contributions to the community. The 2020 Australia Day Awards and Citizenship Ceremony will be held at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre on 26 January from 10am to midday, followed by a barbeque for Australia Day Award winners, new citizens and their families. As there is limited capacity, expressions of interest for members of the public to attend the Ceremony can be sent to a.infanti@liverpool.nsw.gov.au.

Sponsorship and Partnership 

Be part of a thriving city that continues to attract positive media attention for its innovation, growth and development. Our Major Event Sponsorship Proposal will equip you with all the information your organisation needs to make the first step towards working with Liverpool City Council and reaching thousands of people across greater Sydney.

Cash or in-kind contributions are subject to Council's Incoming Sponsorship Policy.

For Australia Day business opportunity enquiries, please email our Events team: events@liverpool.nsw.gov.au

Stallholders

Food vendors and businesses are encouraged to submit an Expression of Interest to Council by 15 December should they wish to support Australia Day as a stallholder or sponsor.

Thank you to our supporters for helping bring our Australia Day celebration to life.

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