PHOTOS: Australia Day celebrations at Narooma

COLOURFUL VISITORS: Ailis Benson and mum Helen from Canberra go every year to the Australia Day breakfast at Commonwealth Park, Canberra but this year decided to come to Narooma instead and looked great in green and gold.
COLOURFUL VISITORS: Ailis Benson and mum Helen from Canberra go every year to the Australia Day breakfast at Commonwealth Park, Canberra but this year decided to come to Narooma instead and looked great in green and gold.
THONG BOYS: The Narooma Surf Life Saving Club was given double-plugger thongs by Volley to sell and pictured are two of the club’s youngest members Johnny and George Constable.

THONG BOYS: The Narooma Surf Life Saving Club was given double-plugger thongs by Volley to sell and pictured are two of the club’s youngest members Johnny and George Constable.

BARBIE CREW: Working hard and building up a sweat on the Australia Day barbecue are Brendan Constable and Pete from the surf club and George Hogg and John Glover from the Narooma Lions Club.

BARBIE CREW: Working hard and building up a sweat on the Australia Day barbecue are Brendan Constable and Pete from the surf club and George Hogg and John Glover from the Narooma Lions Club.

AUSSIE FLAG: Michelle Pap with her Aussie flag cape looking good with Matthew Semmens also from Maffra, Victoria at the Narooma Australia Day breakfast.

AUSSIE FLAG: Michelle Pap with her Aussie flag cape looking good with Matthew Semmens also from Maffra, Victoria at the Narooma Australia Day breakfast.

SURF FLAGS: Flags of a different kind were flying at the Narooma Surf Life Saving Club on Australia Day.

SURF FLAGS: Flags of a different kind were flying at the Narooma Surf Life Saving Club on Australia Day.

AMBASSADOR AND DEPUTY: Narooma Australia Day ambassador Petrea King and Eurobodalla Shire deputy mayor Neil Burnside at the main surf beach.

AMBASSADOR AND DEPUTY: Narooma Australia Day ambassador Petrea King and Eurobodalla Shire deputy mayor Neil Burnside at the main surf beach.

VISITORS AND LOCALS: Eddie and Ann Neuhof from St Clair with Narooma locals Brigitte and Otto Eichler at the Narooma Australia Day breakfast.

VISITORS AND LOCALS: Eddie and Ann Neuhof from St Clair with Narooma locals Brigitte and Otto Eichler at the Narooma Australia Day breakfast.

CHOIR CREW: Melinda Antill and Carol Holland from the Narooma Community Choir help set up for their performance at the Narooma Australia Day ceremony.

CHOIR CREW: Melinda Antill and Carol Holland from the Narooma Community Choir help set up for their performance at the Narooma Australia Day ceremony.

AUSSIE BREAKFAST: At the Narooma Australia Day breakfast are Maria and Vince Wenberg and Recheal, Kora and Tathra Daley.

AUSSIE BREAKFAST: At the Narooma Australia Day breakfast are Maria and Vince Wenberg and Recheal, Kora and Tathra Daley.

AUSSIE FAMILY: Another local Aussie family at the Narooma Australia Day breakfast are Sharon and Roger Smyth and their daughter’s family Kirsty, Olivia, Xavier and Dwight Avery.

AUSSIE FAMILY: Another local Aussie family at the Narooma Australia Day breakfast are Sharon and Roger Smyth and their daughter’s family Kirsty, Olivia, Xavier and Dwight Avery.

PRINCESS CREW: Narooma locals Richard Holzhauer and Helena and Charlie Bettini, operators of the Wagonga Princess tour boat, ready for the Australia Day breakfast.

PRINCESS CREW: Narooma locals Richard Holzhauer and Helena and Charlie Bettini, operators of the Wagonga Princess tour boat, ready for the Australia Day breakfast.

THE TWINS: Twins Brodie and Asher Bywater work on the Narooma Surf Life Saving Club table selling snags and thongs.

THE TWINS: Twins Brodie and Asher Bywater work on the Narooma Surf Life Saving Club table selling snags and thongs.

SAUCE ANYONE: Ros Barr from Narooma Lions dispenses sauce at the Australia Day breakfast at Narooma.

SAUCE ANYONE: Ros Barr from Narooma Lions dispenses sauce at the Australia Day breakfast at Narooma.

SNAG TIME: Margaret Littlewood and Patricia Andren from Dalmeny with Glenn Stevens from southern England waiting in line for snags at the Narooma Australia Day breakfast.

SNAG TIME: Margaret Littlewood and Patricia Andren from Dalmeny with Glenn Stevens from southern England waiting in line for snags at the Narooma Australia Day breakfast.

PEEKABO: Narooma Surf Life Saving Club members Deb O’Brien and Raymond Hirst, who is still shy after his appearance on Sunrise breakfast television with the Narooma Numnutz winter swimmers.

PEEKABO: Narooma Surf Life Saving Club members Deb O’Brien and Raymond Hirst, who is still shy after his appearance on Sunrise breakfast television with the Narooma Numnutz winter swimmers.

CANBERRA CREW: Arriving at the Narooma Australia Day breakfast are Canberra family mum Wendy Meza and kids Daniel, Dylan and Alani.

CANBERRA CREW: Arriving at the Narooma Australia Day breakfast are Canberra family mum Wendy Meza and kids Daniel, Dylan and Alani.

THE MOHIDES: Coming every year to the Australia Day breakfast are Narooma local family Barbara, Ben, Reanna and Mark Mohide.

THE MOHIDES: Coming every year to the Australia Day breakfast are Narooma local family Barbara, Ben, Reanna and Mark Mohide.

BREAKFAST LINE: Enjoying their Australia Day breakfast while the line builds in the background at the surf club are Narooma locals Marion and John Wisbey and Mandy Anderson.

BREAKFAST LINE: Enjoying their Australia Day breakfast while the line builds in the background at the surf club are Narooma locals Marion and John Wisbey and Mandy Anderson.

DUCK RACES: Narooma locals Graham Cannon and daughter Harmony see of the Rotary ducks as they are launched from the Narooma bridge.

DUCK RACES: Narooma locals Graham Cannon and daughter Harmony see of the Rotary ducks as they are launched from the Narooma bridge.

LAST DUCK: Charmaine White and Jack Whiting from Narooma Rotary with the last place duck.

LAST DUCK: Charmaine White and Jack Whiting from Narooma Rotary with the last place duck.

ABC INTERVIEW: Ginger Gorman from 666 ABC radio in Canberra interviews Charmaine White, Bob Antill and Jack Whiting from Narooma Rotary after the duck race. Ginger, whose mum Pat lives in Narooma, could not help working on her weekend off.

ABC INTERVIEW: Ginger Gorman from 666 ABC radio in Canberra interviews Charmaine White, Bob Antill and Jack Whiting from Narooma Rotary after the duck race. Ginger, whose mum Pat lives in Narooma, could not help working on her weekend off.

DUCK COLLECTORS: Libby, Sam and Ben Bate from Narooma Surf Life Saving Club helped collect the ducks after the Rotary Australia Day duck race.

DUCK COLLECTORS: Libby, Sam and Ben Bate from Narooma Surf Life Saving Club helped collect the ducks after the Rotary Australia Day duck race.

DUCK PADDLERS: Paddlers that helped collect the ducks after the Rotary Australia Day duck race included Steve Deck, Josh Hurren, Mike Young and others.

DUCK PADDLERS: Paddlers that helped collect the ducks after the Rotary Australia Day duck race included Steve Deck, Josh Hurren, Mike Young and others.

DUCK CREW: A mixed crew from Rotary, Narooma Surf Life Saving Club and the VRA help with the Rotary Australia Day duck race.

DUCK CREW: A mixed crew from Rotary, Narooma Surf Life Saving Club and the VRA help with the Rotary Australia Day duck race.

DUCK PADDLERS: Paddlers that helped collect the ducks after the Rotary Australia Day duck race included Steve Deck, Josh Hurren, Mike Young and others.

DUCK PADDLERS: Paddlers that helped collect the ducks after the Rotary Australia Day duck race included Steve Deck, Josh Hurren, Mike Young and others.

KEY PEOPLE: Some of the key people at the Narooma Australia Day Ceremony at Surf Beach were from left Peter Bull Master of Ceremonies, Petrea King Narooma’s Australia Day ambassador, Gabe Eichler event organiser, Clr Neil Burnside, Narooma High School student representative Ben Potter and choir leader Merinda Hurren.

KEY PEOPLE: Some of the key people at the Narooma Australia Day Ceremony at Surf Beach were from left Peter Bull Master of Ceremonies, Petrea King Narooma’s Australia Day ambassador, Gabe Eichler event organiser, Clr Neil Burnside, Narooma High School student representative Ben Potter and choir leader Merinda Hurren.

YOUNG CITIZEN OF THE YEAR: Last year’s Young Citizen of the Year Tamara Kenny presented the Young Citizen of the Year Award to this year’s winner, Ben Potter pictured with the other nominee for the award Tathra Daley.

YOUNG CITIZEN OF THE YEAR: Last year’s Young Citizen of the Year Tamara Kenny presented the Young Citizen of the Year Award to this year’s winner, Ben Potter pictured with the other nominee for the award Tathra Daley.

OYSTER FESTIVAL: Narooma Chamber of Commerce president Orit Karney-Winters was nominated for the Community Event of the Year for the Narooma Oyster Festival. Here she is pictured with Clr Neil Burnside left, and Rotarian Laurelle Pacey, right.

OYSTER FESTIVAL: Narooma Chamber of Commerce president Orit Karney-Winters was nominated for the Community Event of the Year for the Narooma Oyster Festival. Here she is pictured with Clr Neil Burnside left, and Rotarian Laurelle Pacey, right.

CITIZEN OF THE YEAR: Judy Glover was awarded the Narooma 2014 Citizen of the Year award for her work in the arts.

CITIZEN OF THE YEAR: Judy Glover was awarded the Narooma 2014 Citizen of the Year award for her work in the arts.

SAFETY EVENT:  Gillian Kearny accepted the award for Community Event of the Year for the safety day organised run at the Rotary Markets last year.

SAFETY EVENT: Gillian Kearny accepted the award for Community Event of the Year for the safety day organised run at the Rotary Markets last year.

QUOTA: Quota president Susan Pryke awarded the students that entered in the Australia Day drawing and poetry competition for local Primary Schools.

QUOTA: Quota president Susan Pryke awarded the students that entered in the Australia Day drawing and poetry competition for local Primary Schools.

WOOLWORTHS: Narooma Woolworths manager Tracey McDonald presented Narooma’s Australia Day Ambassador Petrea King with her Ambassador’s badge.

WOOLWORTHS: Narooma Woolworths manager Tracey McDonald presented Narooma’s Australia Day Ambassador Petrea King with her Ambassador’s badge.

MARINE CREW: Illya Naumoski, John and Ronja Young from Marine Rescue Narooma were selling sausages to returning boaties down at Apex Park on Australia Day morning.

MARINE CREW: Illya Naumoski, John and Ronja Young from Marine Rescue Narooma were selling sausages to returning boaties down at Apex Park on Australia Day morning.

HARRY FISH: Narooma fisherman Harry de Haas with a very colourful butterfly gurnard he caught on Australia Day.

HARRY FISH: Narooma fisherman Harry de Haas with a very colourful butterfly gurnard he caught on Australia Day.

SUPPERS: Stand Up Paddle boarders are increasingly common on Wagonga Inlet.

SUPPERS: Stand Up Paddle boarders are increasingly common on Wagonga Inlet.

OCEAN ADVENTURES: We spotted River Cottage Australia host Paul West and film crew working on Australia Day on the Narooma wharf heading out for an ocean adventure and filming for Series 2.

OCEAN ADVENTURES: We spotted River Cottage Australia host Paul West and film crew working on Australia Day on the Narooma wharf heading out for an ocean adventure and filming for Series 2.

OCEAN ADVENTURES: We spotted River Cottage Australia host Paul West and film crew working on Australia Day on the Narooma wharf heading out for an ocean adventure and filming for Series 2.

OCEAN ADVENTURES: We spotted River Cottage Australia host Paul West and film crew working on Australia Day on the Narooma wharf heading out for an ocean adventure and filming for Series 2.

A PERFECT Far South Coast day brought out big crowds to Australia Day activities at Narooma and where better to celebrate than right down at the beach.

The decision this year to hold both the Australia Day breakfast and official ceremony at Narooma main surf beach proved a big winner.

The day kicked off at 8am with the breakfast hosted by the Narooma Surf Life Saving Club and the Narooma Lions Club.

Flags of a different sort were flying as was the Aussie bunting and tables all set out neatly.

The Narooma Community Choir was warming up ready for the anthem and official ceremony later in the morning.

The line for the snags and eggs and bacon grew quickly as families from near and far sat down to breakfast in the bright sunshine with the decent swell breaking on the beach making for a great backdrop.

The Rotary Australia Day duck race saw the ducks dropped off from Narooma Bridge at 9am, drifting down to Apex Park where they were collected by a mixed crew from Rotary, Narooma Surf Life Saving Club and the VRA.

The winners were two Narooma locals – Saskia Loader won $1000 for the first-place duck and Jeanne Medlicott from the Narooma News won $100 for the last duck.

It was back to the surf club and the beach for the official Narooma Australia Day ceremony with Eurobodalla Shire Council deputy mayor welcoming the crowd.

Narooma Australia Day ambassador Petrea King, who had been hanging out on the beach since breakfast, said she was no stranger to Narooma visiting often in the past.

She often came down to the coast from her hometown of Bundanoon in the Southern Highlands where she operates the Quest for Life Foundation retreat.

“”I’ve been here many times and it is a bit of a fantasy to come and live in Narooma,” she said.

Her message for Australia Day was that you can overcome any difficulties, as she herself had overcome cancer, her brother’s suicide and a pretty rough early life.

Part of her duties includes travelling to communities around Australia faced with disaster and tragedy and helping these people overcome obstacles.

“We are all ordinary people but sometimes extraordinary things happen to us and we find ourselves being stuck between a rock and hard place,” she said.

“But being able to overcome these extraordinary things is in our human nature.”

At the ceremony at 10am, Judy Glover was named the Narooma Citizen Year for her work with the art community and Narooma Oyster Festival.

Narooma Rural Fire Service brigade volunteer and environmental campaigner Gilly Kearney received the Narooma Community Event of the Year award.

No surprises that Ben Potter who was named Eurobodalla Youth Citizen on Friday also received the Narooma Young Citizen of the Year award on Sunday.