Coffs comes out in force on Australia Day
IT was all about mates, good times and the barbecue yesterday as hundreds of Coffs Coast locals set about celebrating Australia Day.
The crew down at Park Beach Reserve were set in for the day at the barbecues, their gathering made complete by a home-made slip and slide down the hill.
“Australia Day is about beer and mates,” Macca, who provided the slip and slide plastic, said.
“It should be a national day off, and if you have to work, it should be five times your normal wage. To me, Australia Day means more than Christmas.”
Michael 'Hoochie' Sullivan agreed.
“Australia Day is a time to celebrate being Australian - celebrating with your mates,” he said.
Over at Jetty Oval, Mel Jones and her friends and family were having their fifth annual Australia Day gathering.
“We're all proud to be Australians, and Christmas is always a bit hectic, so it's great for us to get together in a bit more relaxed atmosphere,” she said.
“We normally have about 80 people come down, it slowly grows every year.”
The festivities there include egg and spoon races, sack races, brick carrying competitions, footy and cricket - and that's without mentioning the much anticipated 'Adults versus Kids' tug-of-war.
“Last year the kids won,” Mel said.