Live art, musicians, light shows, buskers, jazz concerts, dancing, interactive workshops, boutique markets and special Chinese New Year celebrations were just some of the highlights of the Summer in the City event hosted in Kibble Park from 19 to 25 January. The Gosford City Australia Day Community Awards were announced on 23 January at a ceremony and gala dinner held at Central Coast Leagues Club. Award categories included Business Person, Environment, Volunteer, Senior, Youth Photograph: By Victoria
and Community Event of the Year. The 2009 Citizen of the Year was awarded to Ken Duncan for the contributions made through his art as well as his work helping young people, particularly indigenous youth. National Australia Day Ambassador, Little Patti and Local Ambassador, Lucky Starr, joined Gosford City residents in celebrating local Australia Day activities on 26 January. More than 30,000 people attended the festivities at Gosford waterfront, Wagstaffe and Woy Woy.
Seniors’ Week was marked by an array of activities from BBQs, bush walks, bike rides and canoeing to line dancing, a cricket match and a cruise on Brisbane Water. The 2009 Gosford City Harmony Day was celebrated at the Central Coast Youth Centre, Niagara Park. Embracing the theme Different but One, the activities included art displays, international food tasting and contemporary cultural performances— all designed to promote peace and community harmony.
MAY The new Killcare Surf Life Saving Club was officially opened on 8 May by President, Clr Jim Macfadyen. It was the eighth and final surf club to be redeveloped as part of the Gosford City Council Surf Life Saving Club Redevelopment Project.
MAR Council’s Status of Women committee hosted celebrations for International Women’s Day throughout Gosford City. Activities included a march through Gosford City Centre, art exhibitions, a breakfast and a candle lighting ceremony.
Over 100 members of the community attended the Brisbane Water Estuary Management Study and Plan Workshop on 4 April to hear about the findings of the study and provide feedback on areas where issues have been identified. The Kariong Festival, held at The Hill Youth Centre, was a major part of Youth Week celebrations. The event featured a hip-hop dance performance, Taiko drumming display, mural painting and other youth-centred entertainment and activities.
A flag raising ceremony with guest artists commemorated Reconciliation Week. Gosford City was declared a Refugee Welcome Zone on 16 June. Council declared its commitment in spirit to welcoming refugees into the community.
In its fourth year, the annual 5 Lands Walk provided a journey of art, culture and entertainment along the coastline through MacMasters Beach, Copacabana, Avoca Beach, North Avoca and Terrigal. The walk saw local and international artists and entertainers, historians, walkers, environmentalists and the Aboriginal community come together and celebrate. The Filipino community was also recognised for their contribution to Gosford City on 30 June with an official ceremony signifying Philippine National Day.