Australia Day celebrations will look a bit different on the Gold Coast this year, of course thanks to COVID-19.
Gold Coast Council is hosting a series of smaller events, rather than throwing the usual party at Broadwater Parklands.
Instead, an outdoor cinema has been set up on the Great Lawn, which will air all the Aussie classics between now and the big day.
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The screenings are free to attend, but viewers will have to register to be there to ensure that COVID capacity restrictions are adhered to.
Movies such as Lion, The Sapphires, Kenny, Red Dog, The Adventures of Priscilla, Muriel’s Wedding and The Castle are on the docket.
Food and drink will be available for purchase as well. Each movie begins at 7.00pm.
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Mayor Tom Tate says things have had to be tweaked a bit because of the coronavirus, but people can do something special for Australia Day.
“While we’d love to have everyone come together for Australia Day, we want to ensure everyone stays safe in 2021.
“Instead we’ll be celebrating all things Australiana with our themed Movies Under the Stars Summer Series for the entire week leading up to Australia Day.
Council will still be going ahead with the Australia Day Pool Party at the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre, but it’s being scaled down to 1,200 people.
Regular pool entry fees apply.
As per usual on Australia Day, there will also be a citizenship ceremony. But due to coronavirus restrictions, only 50 people will be welcomed to the city on Australia Day this year.
Mayor Tom Tate says it’s heart wrenching, but he’s looking at hosting more of these ceremonies throughout the year.
“Usually on Australia Day we have our biggest citizenship ceremony.
“I reflect back to Carrara stadium I think we had about 900 people in one line – we’ve got a lot of people wanting to become Australians.
“To only be able to have 50… well I’ll be asking to do it more often. So that people aren’t waiting for years to be a part of Australia,” Mayor Tate said.