Australia Day’s X factor

Get your dancing shoes ready for Whittlesea council’s Australia Day celebrations. The day will feature live music, including a performance by X Factor contestant Michaela Baranov, kids’ activities, a barbecue and a fireworks finale. This free event starts at 6pm on January 26 on the terrace lawns at Whittlesea council’s civic offices at South Morang. Hume council is also hosting Australia Day celebrations. The council will present awards for the citizen of the year, young citizen of the year, and community event of the year, starting at 9am at the Broadmeadows town hall.

Outdoor movies

Hume council is hosting family-friendly outdoor movie screenings across Hume on selected Friday and Saturday nights until March 18, with titles including Inside Out and The Wizard of Oz.


Hats on for tea party

Alice, herself, will be guest of honour at a Mad Hatter’s tea party on January 20, which will include a reading of Alice in Wonderland and a hat-making workshop. Starts at 2pm at the Craigieburn library.


How does your garden grow?

Local green thumbs are urged to enter Whittlesea council’s annual garden competition. Categories include best front garden or best edible garden for the chance to share in a prize pool of $2500. Entries close on January 29. Residents can enter their gardens online at council’s website.