Events in The Shire: Citizenship Ceremony + Fiesta In Flight!

The last few weekends have been spent at kid’s sport, bushwalking in the Royal National Park, and catching up on everything I’m too busy during the week to do (equal parts housework and sleep – boring but inevitable). There’s plenty to write about but my focus as guest blogger here at Beach & Bay is events.

I’m part of the event team at Sutherland Shire Council so I thought I’d share with you two events we’re currently working on. We do civic and community events and the first I’d like to chat about is our final Citizenship Ceremony for 2011, held this past Friday. This has got to be one of our top feel good events – everyone is happy, proud, keen, and ready to celebrate. Up to 500 people each year from all parts of the Shire become new citizens and it’s an honour to be part of the final steps of the journey.  The official proceedings includes some welcome speeches from the Mayor and local Federal and State MPs, Citizenship Pledges, and the absolute last part before becoming a citizen, the presentation of the official Certificate of Citizenship. It’s truly a great night.

If I was going to compare working on this event, which is relatively small, to working on say, Fiesta @ the Beach (Sunday 23 Oct) then I’d have to admit that my feet ache just as much the next day for this one as I know they will next Monday.  Neither compares with the day after Australia Day, but that’s a whole other story…

My main task at Fiesta @ the Beach will be as official event photographer (I’ll be wearing my council polo shirt so please say hi and smile). I’ve certainly lucked out for this event. As photographer I’ll have to visit each of the food stalls (I’m hungry just thinking about all the yummy international food). Then I’ll have to watch all the performances. I really like Celtic style music so I’m looking forward to The Third Wheel, an Irish trio. African drumming is always a good show and it’s going to be difficult taking photos of Rhythm Brazil while I’m tapping my feet. When I’m not doing all that, I’ll be forced to follow around the Bubble Skywalkers and take pics of them and their giant bubbles. Then there’s the parasol and kite-making, bungee jumping, and belly-dancing. I’m going to need more food after all that…

Ah, it’s a rough job, but somebody has to do it. I’m just glad it’s going to be me – sore feet on Monday and all!

Come visit the event team on Sunday 23 October for Fiesta @ the Beach. Dunningham Park, North Cronulla Beach – 10am to 3pm. Entertainment also includes Bollywood & Polynesian performers, Greek Dancers, Lion Dancers, a Martial Arts display and Carribean Soul at 2pm. Check out the full program at councils website ( or visit us at Facebook: Events in the Shire.
See you there!

To read Trish’s personal blog see HERE.

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