EXPANDING the 2022 Taree Australia Day celebrations to include the community will be on the agenda for the Combined Service Clubs of Taree.
This follows confirmation the group will run the Australia Day function in Taree next year. Representatives Rhonda Futterleib and Maurie Stack met with MidCoast mayor David West and general manager Adrian Panuccio to discuss future Australia Day events in Taree.
Combined Service Clubs of Taree took over the running of the Australia Day function in Taree in 2020 when council aligned its event with the Saltwater Freshwater Festival held at Forster.
Council announced its decision in October 2019, conceding Taree might not have an Australia Day event the following year unless the community became involved.
The group stepped in again as organisers of the 2021 function when council decided not to hold any events in the area because of concerns at COVID-19 restrictions.
The last two Australia Day celebrations in Taree have been held in Queen Elizabeth Park, this year's on the RiverStage.
Despite heatwave conditions more than 600 people attended either the Australia Day awards or the concert that followed this year.
The group will seek some representation from council at the 2022 presentation while nominations for the award categories will be called for midyear. Criteria for the awards will also be reviewed.
The possibility of including a market day will also be investigated. It is planned to again have a concert on the park following the award ceremony. The group will also consider ways to showcase the Manning River.
Council suspended its Australia Day awards next year. It's understood these will be included in next year's Australia Day function to be held at Forster and in Taree in 2023.