Kiama’s Australia Day Ambassador is Jeremy Jones AM, winner of the NSW Government's 2016 Stepan Kerkyasharian Medal for promoting Community Harmony, and 2007 Australian Human Rights Medal.
This year’s Australia Day theme is ‘Everyone, every story’, and Jeremy will bring insights from his extensive background as a human rights and multicultural campaigner to Kiama.
On January 26, Jeremy will attend the Kiama Downs Australia Day Breakfast and make an address at Council’s Australia Day Awards and Citizenship Ceremony in Jamberoo. He will also attend, and deliver a brief speech, prior to the outdoor movie screening of Red Dog True Blue on January 25.
A Member of the Order of Australia (2005), Jeremy has participated in dialogues and conferences on human rights issues in 30 countries. He is the Senior Contributing Editor of the Australia/Israel Review and Director of International and of Community Affairs for the Australia/Israel and Jewish Affairs Council.
In 2004, Jeremy was awarded the Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia Medal for his contribution to multiculturalism.
He currently serves on the International Jewish Committee for Inter-religious Consultations, is a Board Member of The Study of the Economic Impact of Religion On Society (SEIROS), and a member of the NSW Police Commissioner’s Multicultural Advisory Council.
There are plenty of places for you and your family to go on Australia Day across the municipality. Here’s a complete list of what’s on and where right across the long-weekend.
Outdoor movie, Kiama | 8pm
Red Dog True Blue (PG) will be screened at Hindmarsh Park, Kiama Harbour on Thursday, January 25 from 8pm.
Jones Beach, Kiama Downs | 7am
Kiama Downs Surf Life Saving Club will be dishing out bacon and egg rolls when they play host to an Australia Day breakfast.
There will be a selection of children’s activities and an address from Kiama’s Australia Day Ambassador, Jeremy Jones AM.
Coronation Park, Kiama | 7am
Kiama Rotary together with Kiama Surf Life Saving Club will keep everyone entertained from 7am onward.
The kids will get to enjoy a jumping castle, face painting, live music and a mini nippers carnival. What better way to mark Australia Day than with a visit to the beach.
Kevin Walsh Oval, Jamberoo | 8am
There will be a whole host of children’s activities and even a touch football game at Kevin Walsh Oval when Jamberoo Red Cross, Jamberoo Fire Brigade and Jamberoo P&C join forces to entertain and feed the masses at Jamberoo.
South Werri Reserve, Gerringong | 7.30am
Gerringong Surf Life Saving Club, Gerringong Lions and Gerringong Sunrise Rotary Club are bringing the community a range of children’s activities. Parents can sit back and relax and take in the gorgeous view while the little ones run around.
Australia Day Awards, Jamberoo | 11am
Kiama’s Australia Day Award recipients and their families will attend a combined Awards and Citizenship Ceremony at Jamberoo School of Arts on Friday, January 26 from 11am.
Auslan interpreters will be provided upon request at the event. If you require an interpreter to participate, please phone Council on 4232 0444 to register your intention to attend.
Concert in the Park, Kiama | 1pm
On Sunday, January 28 Kiama will continue the Australia Day celebrations at Hindmarsh Park with live music from Giles Robinson and Care Factor between 1 – 3pm.