THERE will be something for everyone to enjoy in Katherine this Australia Day, from thong throwing contests to official celebrations.
The Katherine Club will host it’s annual Australia Day barbecue, kicking off at 7.30am with a watermelon eating contest, music, face painting and fire and emergency vehicles on display.
The Katherine Country Club will also be hosting celebrations including eating competitions, toad racing, music, meat tray raffles and a waterside.
Katherine Town Council will be hosting an award ceremony at GYRACC to announce Katherine’s Young Citizen of the Year, Citizen of the Year and the Community Event of the Year.
The ceremony will be hosted by Australia Day Ambassador Dylan Lewis and the keynote speech will be given by former Katherine MLA Mike Reed.
The event will run from 9am with a RAAF flyover at about 11.
The Katherine Motor Vehicle Enthusiast Club will host its first Australia Day Ute Run which will finish with a game of cricket at the Low Level Reserve.
Cars will assemble for breakfast at the Katherine Club at 7 before hitting the road at 9:30.
Meanwhile Triple J will not broadcast its Hottest 100 program on Australia Day this year.
The ABC's youth radio station said they were changing the date of the annual music poll amid a growing debate about what January 26 means for Indigenous Australians.
More than half of Triple J listeners who were surveyed supported the move to January 27 and 28.
"Under the 2018 format, Triple J will count down the Hottest 100 on the first day [January 27] and will follow up the second day [January 28] by airing the next 100 songs voted by the audience. The network conducted extensive research showing the Triple J audience wanted to decouple the countdown from the politics, with a focus exclusively on the music,” an ABC spokesman said.
Indigenous artists will likely feature prominently on the Hottest 100 this year, given the momentum hip hop duo AB Original and others generated in calling for the ABC to "change the date".
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