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Sun, surf and beach party for Australia Day

Sun, surf and a beach party at the Bluff will be at the centre of Australia Day celebrations 2013 in Devonport.

The Devonport City Council annual Australia Day Awards Ceremony will also see very worthy recipients receive recognition for their major contributions to the community. The awards will feature Woolworths Australia Day Ambassador Ken Morgan OAM, who originally made his name giving away cars, but has received national recognition for his selfless voluntary work helping homeless and at risk young people.

The beach party will start at 2 pm and run until 6 pm with the Australia Day Awards Ceremony in the function centre at the Devonport Surf Club at 3 pm.

"We really want the beach party to see an expression of what Australia is all about at this time of the year," said Devonport City Mayor Steve Martin.

"We have seen devastation with fires in the state and witnessed the community coming together to help out - Australia Day is about recognising together what Australia means to us and there is no better place than the wonderful surrounds of the Mersey Bluff," said Mayor Martin.

The beach party will feature fun activities for people of all ages with free attractions including a jumping castle, face painting, temporary tattoos, electric cars for children aged under 9 years and zorb balls. Lazer Skirmish will also be available at $5 a game.

The Devonport Surf Club will be in the spirit cooking a traditional Aussie barbecue and ice cream and coffee vans will also be at the Bluff.

The Devonport Regional Gallery will make the most of the picturesque Mersey Bluff with Tidal Zone an interactive art project created by sculptor Ross Byers. Ross Byers is a highly experienced professional artist who has worked closely with a diverse range of communities. Those wishing to take part need to contact Astrid Joyce at the Gallery on 64 24 8296. For those wanting a lasting memory of the day, The DROOGS, young people who raise funds for the Gallery, will be operating a photo booth.

The awards will also feature the Devonport Brass Band Ensemble with guest singer local vocalist Olivia Brodzinski.

Background on Australia Day Ambassador Ken Morgan

Three time Victorian Finalist for Australian of the Year, Humanitarian of the Year - 2000 (Humanitarian Foundation), 2001 Centenary Medal. Founder of Kids Under Cover Australia (KUCA).

Retired motor industry dealer principal Ken Morgan has gone from giving cars away on Saturday night TV to giving hope to hundreds of children in need. Ken is founding patron of Kids Under Cover Australia, a not-for-profit organisation he founded in 1989. The organisation builds houses and bungalows to accommodate children, many of whom are wards of the state, under the supervised care of various welfare agencies. These children are victims, mostly of severe physical or sexual abuse, in urgent need of a roof over their heads.
Under Ken's leadership, Kids Under Cover Australia has built over 400 one and two-bedroom bungalows, 20 houses and 3 complexes in all corners of Victoria, giving a home to over 3,000 children in need. A new bungalow is built every 5 days. KUCA has moved into Queensland and the ACT. KUCA also gives education scholarship opportunities to their kids.
Ken's selfless voluntary work for the community and his absolute dedication to helping homeless and at risk young people inspires all who come into contact with him. Awarded the Order Of Australia Medal in 2011.

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