Something for everyone at this year’s Australia Day celebrations!

Australia Day celebrations in Cowra next Thursday, January 26 will have a range of activities to suit everyone in celebrating what's great about being Australian, Cowra Mayor, Councillor Bill West said.

"I'd encourage all residents and visitors to take part in Cowra's celebrations. Australia Day is an opportunity for the community to come together to reflect on what we have achieved and what we can be proud of in our great country," Cr West said.

"Everyone is welcome to join us for a free community breakfast from 8.15am at the Cowra Civic Centre before supporting our local nominees as they receive their Australia Day Awards at the Australia Day Service," Cr West said.

"This year's guest speaker - author, motivational speaker and widely respected disability advocate for carers and people affected by brain injury, Cheryl Koenig - is sure to inspire and will appear at both the Australia Day Service at 8.45am at the Civic Centre and the Australia Day Luncheon at the Cowra Services Club," Cr West explained.

Other events on the day include a morning tea featuring a giant Australia Day cake at the Civic Centre from 10.30am, free entry to the Cowra Regional Art Gallery free from 11am to 3pm to see the prestigious Archibald Prize 2016 Regional Tour, as well as the annual Australia Day golf and bowls competitions.

The Cowra Aquatic Centre will be bustling with activity this year also, with free entry all day, a new giant inflatable in the water, a new rock climbing wall to try and a pool disco from 4 to 7.30pm!

The Bring Healthy Back Expo will also feature from 11am to 4pm at the Aquatic Centre where there will be free water bottles, a free sausage sizzle, a watermelon eating competition and water bomb volleyball to stay cool!

For more information on Australia Day Activities please contact Council's Community Projects Officers on tel. 6340 2064 or e. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Nominees for the Australia Day Awards this year are:

DR. WARREN WHILEY MEMORIAL AWARD

Heather Kiely

Gay Hilton

COMMUNITY GROUP OF THE YEAR

Cowra No Interest Loans Scheme (NILS) – Josephite Foundation

Cowra Evening Branch of the CWA of NSW

Cowra Uniting Church Food Hall

Cowra Information & Neighbourhood Centre

YOUNG CITIZEN OF THE YEAR

Maddison Johnson

CITIZEN OF THE YEAR

Fran Stead

Marc McLeish

Lisa Lette

Pat Charnock

Mike Holloway

Robyn Coffey

Alison Rutledge

Rowena Casey