Campbelltown's Australia Day event cancelled

Patriotic: A young Campbelltown family celebrates Australia Day in 2020. Picture: Jess Layt
Patriotic: A young Campbelltown family celebrates Australia Day in 2020. Picture: Jess Layt

The ongoing COVID-19 Omicron crisis has forced the cancellation of Campbelltown's Australia Day celebrations.

Campbelltown Council released a statement on Tuesday informing locals of the cancellation.

A family fun day was originally set to be held at Koshigaya Park, with live entertainment, food stalls and more, but that will no longer go ahead.

"In the interests of keeping the community safe and reducing the burden on health and emergency workers, Council has made the difficult decision to cancel the upcoming Australia Day event at Koshigaya Park and hold the civic awards ceremony online," the council statement said.

"While people won't be able to join the celebrations at Koshigaya Park, they are encouraged to view the awards ceremony on the council's Facebook page or afterwards on the website."

The council will also give locals the chance to secure free entry to local leisure centres (valid between January 26 and 28) if they share their favourite Australia Day traditions.

"We know that there is increased burden on our health and emergency services and frontline workers at the moment due to the case numbers we are currently experiencing," mayor George Greiss said.

"It is in the best interest of the safety and wellbeing of our community for our regular Australia Day events to not go ahead this year in the usual way.

"Australia Day is all about celebrating our community's culture and the many great people who make Campbelltown such a fantastic place to live, so I encourage everyone to join us in acknowledging the nominees and recipients of this year's Australia Day Awards by watching online.

"Keep an eye out over the coming days on our social media platforms and website to win a pass for one of our leisure centres to be used around Australia Day."

Visit campbelltown.nsw.gov.au for more information.