FAMILY FUN, FOOD and GAMES AT RUSSELL SPORTS FIELDS TO CELEBRATE AUSTRALIA DAY 2022 Island organisation BIMSARA, Russell Island Sports Fishing Club, Bay Islands Auto Club and Shayne’s Kitchen will be combining for a massive Australia Day 2022 celebration. The event this year will be held at the Union Street Sports Grounds adjacent to the Resilience Centre. The move has been made from Sandy Beach due to growth in the Bay Islands and the better accompanying facilities. The area recently hosted the successful BIMSARA Christmas Carols, Festival and Markets. BIMSARA is the Bay Islands Multi Sports and Recreation Association Inc. is joining with club members to conduct the massive event on Wednesday, January 26, 2022. People and visitors from all the islands are invited to this special Australia Day event. The Russell Islands Sport Fishing Club will be running a wet bar, Bay Islands Auto Club have a Show & Shine competition where the public can vote for the winning vehicle. There will be plenty of fun and games and some music too, and what about those market stalls! A highlight of the day will be the announcement of the Australia Day awards at 1pm specifically for the Bay Islands sponsored by Cr Mark Edwards and The Friendly Bay Islander. There are three categories to be recognised: • Bay Islander of the Year • Senior Bay Islander of the Year (60 years and over) • Young Bay Islander of the Year (16 to 30 years) The presentation of these awards will be at 1pm. Families and children will have lots to entertain them with the Russell Island Volunteer Fire Brigade attending to give children a fun water spray from time to time. There will be some fun games including a mullet throwing competition, a tug of war and a thong-throwing competition. Be there on Australia Day 2022, Union Street sports fields Russell Island, Wednesday, January 26. BYO chair or blanket and plenty of sun block!