A year-long celebration of Campbelltown’s past, present and future is about to start and the whole community is invited to get involved.
The Campbelltown 2020 Program Launch is on Sunday 1 December at 2pm in Mawson Park and will mark the first in a packed line up of events which will take place over the next year.
Campbelltown 2020 celebrates more than 60,000 years of the area’s rich Aboriginal history and the bicentennial milestone of 200 years since NSW Governor Lachlan Macquarie declared Campbelltown a township.
The program also engages Campbelltown’s youth and multicultural communities to celebrate the future aspirations of the area’s diverse and growing community.
Mayor George Brticevic says Campbelltown 2020 is a chance for the community to honour local heritage while also looking to the opportunities presented by the future.
“This significant milestone is a chance to reflect on our shared histories and examine the qualities and values that have contributed to the DNA of our city and its residents,” Cr Brticevic said.
“Campbelltown 2020 is a celebration of all our heritage while also looking at our future aspirations as our community continues to evolve and grow,” he said.
“The program includes a long list of events and activities that are targeted at people from all walks of life to rejoice in who we are and what we offer as a community.”
The launch event will feature cultural dance performances from Jasmin Sheppard and the Wiritjiribin Dance Group and a presentation from Local Studies Librarian Andrew Allen.
As part of the launch a ceremonial planting of native flowers in a new commemorative garden will take place.
Highlights of Campbelltown 2020 include:
· Creation of an Aboriginal Yarning Circle, the first of its kind in Campbelltown.
· A community and heritage event at Hurley Park.
· The Campbelltown Literacy Initiative.
· The ‘Only in Campbelltown!’ series of guided tours.
· Campbelltown Children’s Storybook Project.
· Claymore Histories Project.