Yamba celebrates perfect day
A RAINBOW of colourful flags and umbrellas lined Yamba’s Main Beach yesterday, with a gentle breeze bringing welcome relief from the hot sun.
The barbecues sizzled, filling the warm air with the aroma of sausage and onion.
Nearby, children laughed and played.
They were making the most of the perfect holiday conditions, white sand and gentle waves, all under a clear blue sky.
This was Australia Day Yamba-style.
Earlier in the day more than 150 people showed their patriotic fervour at Norfolk Park for the flag-raising ceremony.
Many in the crowd were dressed in a distinctly Australian style as they waved flags and enjoyed Aussie songs performed by local duo Rob Imeson and Paul Commerford.
After an address from Port of Yamba Historical Society president Marea Buist about the traditions of Australia Day, Veronica Pearce welcomed everyone to the celebrations on behalf of the Yaegl People of the Clarence Valley.
Clarence Valley councillor Ian Dinham used his address to encourage Australians to address problems in our communities.
He pointed out that more than 2000 extra police had been rostered on around the country to cope with antisocial behaviour that traditionally occurs on Australia Day.
“Early in our history we had a similar problem with the rum culture of the colony,” he said.
“Governor Macquarie came to sort that out, but there are no Governor Macquaries for us. It’s up to each of us to do something about the problems facing our community by leading the way.”
At the new Raymond Laurie Sports Centre in Yamba, Australia Day was a chance to have a look at the state-of-the-art facilities on offer.
Centre manager Steve Smith put on a barbecue and table tennis competition and opened the centre to the public.