Program of events to mark Campbelltown's history

Celebration: The Campbelltown 2020 launch event on Sunday included Aboriginal dances and traditional ceremonies. Pictures: Jeff McGill
Celebration: The Campbelltown 2020 launch event on Sunday included Aboriginal dances and traditional ceremonies. Pictures: Jeff McGill

A year-long celebration of Campbelltown's past, present and future is about to start - and the whole community is invited to get involved.

Campbelltown Council hosted the launch of the Campbelltown 2020 program at Mawson Park on Sunday, before a crowd of enthusiastic locals.

The event revealed a series of events to be held next year to celebrate 200 years since NSW Governor Lachlan Macquarie declared Campbelltown a township and 60,000 years of the area's rich Aboriginal history.

Honoured: Local Indigenous elders Uncle Ivan Wellington and Aunty Glenda Chalker in the new commemorative garden.

Honoured: Local Indigenous elders Uncle Ivan Wellington and Aunty Glenda Chalker in the new commemorative garden.

The program includes a community and heritage event in Hurley Park, a series of 'Only in Campbelltown' guided tours, a Claymore Histories project and more.

Campbelltown mayor George Brticevic said Campbelltown 2020 was a chance for the community to honour local heritage while also looking forward to the opportunities presented by the future.

"This significant milestone is a chance to reflect on our shared histories and examine the qualities and values that have contributed to the DNA of our city and its residents," he said.

Community: Campbelltown mayor George Brticevic poses for a selfie with local residents.

Community: Campbelltown mayor George Brticevic poses for a selfie with local residents.

"Campbelltown 2020 is a celebration of all our heritage while also looking at our future aspirations as our community continues to evolve and grow.

"The program includes a long list of events and activities that are targetted at people from all walks of life to rejoice in who we are and what we offer as a community."

The launch event also featured cultural dance performances from Jasmin Sheppard and the Wiritjiribin Dance Group and a presentation from Local Studies librarian Andrew Allen.