Copa celebrates Australia Day

Copacabana residents got into the spirit of Australia Day

It might have been as Australia Day like no other due to COVID-19 restrictions, but the residents of Copacabana were determined to make the most of it.

Residents came together and had an enjoyable celebration with a Flag Raising Ceremony.

More than 150 small Australian flags, along with toy kangaroos and koalas, were handed out to children on the day.

With background music of Australian songs, the children also enjoyed free ice cream.

Resident Roque “Rocky” Hammal said respect was shown to the First People of Australia – of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent.

“Our celebration was acknowledged and approved by a key local Aboriginal spokeperson and also by NSW Health,” Hammal said.

“Both the Australian and Aboriginal Flags were presented to me to be used on Australia Day and our celebration was approved by Central Coast Council.”

Email, Jan 29
Roque “Rocky” Hammal