Rob Johnson

Rob Johnson

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    Minister invites Western Australians to be part of Centenary parade.

    12/10/2000 8:10 AM
     
    12/10/00

    Australia is about to embark on a year-long celebration of the Centenary of Federation and proud Western Australians are being invited to play a key role.

    One hundred Western Australians are needed to man a $250,000 Federation float during a huge parade through the streets of Sydney on January 1, 2001.

    With over 6,000 participants and a flotilla of majestic floats, Journey of a Nation - The Federation Parade, is shaping up to be the biggest and most spectacular ever staged in this country.

    The Sydney parade will re-enact the Great Inaugural Procession held in Sydney on January 1, 1901 - the main event prior to the inauguration of the Commonwealth in Centennial Park.

    Back then, more than 10,000 people participated in the parade with a crowd of more than 500,000 cheering them on.

    Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister Rob Johnson said the WA float would showcase the State’s natural and economic resources, cultural diversity and historic achievements.

    Mr Johnson said the float would be manned by 100 costumed WA volunteers and performers.

    “I’m sure that it will make a suitably spectacular impact on the parade, coming as it does from the biggest State in the nation,” he said.

    Centenary of Federation WA wants to hear from Western Australians now living in Sydney - or those planning to visit Sydney during the New Year period - who wish to participate.

    The parade will include performing artists, marching bands, sporting heroes, seniors, young people, dance groups, celebrities, indigenous people, ethnic groups, costumed artists, Olympians and Para-Olympians, charity groups and community organisations.

    Western Australians who are interested in manning the State’s float will be required to attend one dress rehearsal in Sydney on December 30, where a costume will be provided.

    To register your interest, phone Diana Herbst on (08) 9426 8623.

    Media contacts:
    Fran Hodge (Minister’s office) 9215 4800
    Pamela Peelen (Centenary of Federation) 9426 8630