Australia Day 2018 - Town of Bassendean

Australia Day Celebrations and Fireworks 2018


Celebrate Australia Day with family and friends at the Town of Bassendean’s 14th annual Australia Day Celebrations & Fireworks.

From 5-9pm at Ashfield Reserve in Ashfield, enjoy a relaxed and family-friendly atmosphere accompanied by great live music, thrilling show rides, spectacular fireworks and more.

On-stage be entertained by WA’s premier Latin Ensemble Orquesta Yambeque, 50’s-style rockers Bang Bang Betty & the H-Bombs, and Bassendean’s own samba stars – the Bassonovas.

As well, meet Australia Day Ambassador Colleen Hayward, sharing her story and inspiring us by talking about what it means to be an Australia Day Ambassador.

The event kicks off from 5pm and continues through till 9pm, with everyone’s eyes turning to the sky at 8pm for the fireworks finale.  Bring your Bluetooth speakers and tune into 98five Sonshine FM for the live simulcast soundtrack created especially for the event.

You can pack a picnic, or purchase food and drinks from the many food and drink stalls on site.

Car Parking is strictly limited. A $10 fee per car applies in the designated parking area at Cyril Jackson Senior Campus – Enter via Chapman St. Payment is CASH ONLY. Follow directional signs from Guildford Road.

We encourage you to TravelSmart – walk, ride, catch a bus or train, or car pool to the event.

If you are travelling by bus or train, plan your trip to and from the event through Transperth’s Journey Planner.

Cyclists can park their bikes in the free, secure on-site bike parking at each end of the Reserve  – provided by BikeValet.

This event is proudly partnered by Lotterywest, 98five Sonshine FM and Australia Day Ambassadors.

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On Stage

Orquesta Yambeque

Orquesta Yambeque is WA’s Premier Latin Ensemble working with the best Latin musicians in the country. The band offers a very unique and tailor-made Salsa repertoire and has recently celebrated their second year anniversary on the local Perth music scene lead by Band Leader Mateo Spagnolo.

Yambeque feel very privileged to share and interpret traditional music from the Caribbean Coast of Colombia and the sounds of the 70s and Golden Era of Salsa from New York and Puerto Rico. Hear the all-time greats from Havana Cuba and the romantic classics from Venezuela.

Yambeque perform music by Latin Legends such as: Tito Puente, Ray Barretto, Oscar De Leon, Joe Arroyo, Cheo Feliciano, El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico, Grupo Niche and many more. Not to mention Latin Jazz numbers such as “Manteca” by Dizzy Gillespie and Mambo Influenciado by Chucho Valdes and the Afro Cuban Messengers. It’s definitely a cultural experience and journey whenever you get the opportunity to see Yambeque perform Live.

Orquesta Yambeque

Bang Bang Betty & the H-Bombs

Fronted by Perth’s very own Miss Dynamite – BANG BANG BETTY & THE H-BOMB’ mix up a cocktail of atomic proportions!

1 part jumping R&B

1 part wild rockabilly

1 part hip-shaking rumba

This is 50s style rock n roll as it’s meant to be played, with honking tenor sax, stinging guitar, double bass and drums…

The band’s line-up features musicians who have played in many of Perth’s top rockin’ combos, covering styles from Country Jazz, to Jump Blues and rockabilly. The H-Bombs’ rep focuses on fun and upbeat numbers from the golden era of rock n roll – mixing a well-chosen selection crowd-pleasers with some fantastic songs by less familiar artists, that deserve to be famous!

Bang Bang Betty and the H-Bombs are an instant party-starter with a big beat – infectious and heavy on the fun…

Best summed up in two words – BANG BANG!

Bang Bang Betty & The H-Bombs

The Bassonovas

The Bassonovas are a Brazilian Samba percussion group based 10km North East of Perth, in the suburb of Bassendean. In 2017, they celebrated their 10th Birthday.

They were initially established by the Town of Bassendean, with the help from former Cultural Development Officer –  Jaqui Otago, Samba Guru – Richy Glasgow and current Musical Director Maria Daniels. Since then, they have grown from strength to strength in members, music and costumes have made a huge mark in the Perth Samba scene!

The Bassonovas assist the Town of Bassendean by offering weekly 1 hour samba drumming/percussion classes on Tuesday nights each term. This is done via the Town of Bassendean RElax Program. The next term kicks off in February 2018. Bassonovas Membership, performances and rehearsals are a separate incorporation to these classes.

The Bassonovas

Australia Day Ambassador – Professor Colleen Hayward AM

Each year Australia Day WA invites outstanding community members to become Australia Day WA Ambassadors. They contribute their time to visit local community celebrations throughout Western Australia on Australia Day to share their inspiring stories of courage, determination and community service.  Ambassadors are selected in recognition of their achievements and great Aussie values, and for their contribution to inspire our community throughout the year.

The Town of Bassendean is extremely proud to announce that this year’s Australia Day WA Ambassadors is Professor Colleen Hayward AM.

Professor Hayward is an Australian of the Year (WA) Finalist 2016.  An Educator, Professor Hayward is the daughter of Western Australia’s first Aboriginal teacher and school principal, and has devoted her life to education. Professor Hayward is the head of Edith Cowan University’s Kurongkurl Katitjin Centre for Indigenous Education and Research, and has been an inspiration not just to her own people, but to all Australians. She has made an enduring academic contribution through her work across a range of fields including education, human rights and children’s health and volunteers on boards focused on health, leadership, social justice and Indigenous affairs.

With inspiring exuberance and an enthusiasm for lifelong learning, Professor Hayward reminds us that the values of integrity and hard work can achieve greatness.

MC – Michelle White

Michelle White is a media professional with more than 30 years-experience, in television, radio, print and online. Michelle also has extensive experience in community arts, theatre and community broadcasting.

Her achievements include numerous journalism awards, including United Nations Media Peace Prize; appointments to several state and national boards and committees; a judge for music, comedy and art awards; a Peer Assessor/Chair for the Department of Culture and the Arts and The Australia Council; committee member for the Community Broadcast Foundation; former CEO of Noongar Radio; former Series Producer for ABC TV’s Message Stick and a current fill-in broadcaster for ABC Radio Perth.

When not working in media and the arts, Michelle is a passionate creative writer, photographer and traveller.

Born and raised on Whajuk country, Michelle is a proud Yamatij woman with family ties to Badimia country in WA’s Mid-West. She is passionate about sharing the stories of her family and they have formed the basis of several of her creative projects, including a short film, ‘Miss Coolbaroo’, and a Yirra Yaakin produced play called ‘Black as Michael Jackson.’

Welcome to Country – Jindinyerr, Walter McGuire

Walter McGuire is a descendent of several Aboriginal tribal clans of the South West of Western Australia. As a traditional owner of Nyungar Boodja, including the Whadjuk lands on which Perth now stands, Walter speaks for his Country with respect and pride. Walter’s comprehensive resume of work and cultural involvements in both Public and Aboriginal sectors reflect a deep love for his Community and culture.

Go Cultural

Urban Indigenous Artwork

Join Justin Martin and Caitlyn Lawton in the Urban Indigenous tent to create an Aboriginal inspired artwork.

Artist Justin Martin is Whadjuk, Widi, Budimia & Ballardong man based in Perth, Western Australia.

“I first started to get interested in teaching my culture around 10 years ago, I started painting and remembering more of the stories I was told growing up. My dot painting is an art passed down from generation to generation. The one person who really showed me the meaning of dot paintings and how to dot paint was my Grandmother Joan Margret Martin nee Lewis (deceased), a well-known Aboriginal Artist.  My Grandmother was one of the main people in my life that helped me to become the artistic person I am today. Painting and storytelling to me is a form of meditation and spiritual healing. Today I am blessed with the company of my Nanna – my Mum’s Mother and respected Nyungar Elder, Theresa Walley. Spending time with her on our country with our children passing down language, dreamtime stories and works of creation to our next generations.”

Justin will be accompanied by Caitlyn Lawton, who has travelled the state sharing culture and her art with others.

Urban Indigenous


Note: Program subject to change without notice

Event Overview – follow our Facebook page for updates and program details

5:00pm-5:20pm The Bassonovas
5:25pm-5.35pm Welcome to Country – Walter McGuire
5.35pm- 5.45pm Mayoral Speech – Councillor Renee McLennan
5.55pm-6:45pm Bang Bang Betty and & the H-Bombs
6.45 – 7.05pm Australia Day Ambassador – Colleen Hayward
7.05pm – 7.55pm Orquesta Yambeque
7.55pm Countdown to the Fireworks
8.00 – 8.15pm Fireworks, accompanied by live soundtrack by 98five SonshineFM
8:15 – 9.00pm Live 98.5 Sonshine FM broadcast

Event Info

Getting There:
We encourage you to TravelSmart – walk, ride, catch a bus or train, or car-pool to the event.

Bike it: Free Bike Valet parking stations are located on site.  So go on, get on your bike and park it safely at one of our parking stations. All cyclists using this service win a prize! Remember to charge up your bike lights for the ride home!

Public Transport – Plan your journey by visiting the Transperth Journey Planner at,  or call 13 62 13.

Parking – Parking is limited and available at the Cyril Jackson Senior Campus Oval- Entry via Chapman Street. Follow the directional signs from Guildford Road. $10 parking fee applies, cash only.

ACROD Permit Holders – Limited priority parking will be available for vehicles displaying a current ACROD sticker. Follow parking directional signs from Guildford Road.

Road Closures for 2018: For patron safety and ease of access, the Town will implement new Road Closures for the 2018 Australia Day event.

Closed roads are only accessible by approved event staff, cyclists and residents of that street with a residential access permit.

Street Affected Section Closure Time
Geraldine St* Between Shackleton St & Chapman St 12noon – 10pm
Eileen St* Between Shackleton St & Chapman St 12noon – 10pm
Kathleen St* Between Shackleton St & Chapman St 12noon – 10pm
Chapman St* Between Eileen & Cyril St 12noon – 10pm
Fisher St Between Guildford Rd and Haig St 12noon – 10pm
Cyril St Between Fisher & Shackleton St 12noon – 10pm
Colstoun Rd Between Guildford Rd & Maidos St 3pm – 10pm
Haig St Between Colstoun Rd & Reid St 7:30pm – 8:30pm
Reid St* Between Kathleen St & Haig St 7:30pm – 8:30pm

*New or Extended Road Closures for 2018

Residential Detours:  Residential access to Geraldine St, Eileen St, Kathleen St, Cyril St and Fisher St via Chapman St detour only.

Clean & Green: Do your bit for the environment – please bring refillable water bottles or re-usable commuter cups. A free drinking water station will be on site. Please place your rubbish and recycling in the bins provided.

Eat & Drink: Pack your own picnic, or check out the food trucks on site. There will be something to suit everyone’s tastebuds.

Food Vans

JD’s Café Old favourites such as burgers, donuts and hot dogs
Healthy and Tasty Gozleme
Caffeine Machine Coffee
Joey’s Soft Serve Soft serve ice creams and shaved ice
Mr. Super Whip Ice-cream
Boost Mobeel Boost Juices
Porta Pizza Artisan Italian Pizza
Nuts for you Nuts
Miam Miam French Crepes
JDs Seafood Van Traditional fish and chips, fish burgers, sushi, salads and rolls
Snow Cones Iced & flavoured Snow Cones
Bunga Raya Satay Malaysian Delights

Lost Children: If you lose your child please make your way to the Constable Care tent near the stage for assistance.  Point out the tent to your children when you arrive and remember to register your children and phone number and so you can be easily located if need be.

Lost Property: Please take all found property to our Event Info Tent and we will endeavour to find its rightful owner.

Please Note: For patron and pet safety

Dogs and other pets are not permitted at this event

Beach umbrellas, shade structures and unauthorised gazeboes are not permitted

This is a Smoke Free event.

Event Partners

The Town of Bassendean wishes to thank our 2018 event partners– Lotterywest and 98five Sonshine FM.

Their support ensures that community events like our Australia Day Celebrations continue to grow within our community.

98five Sonshine FM will be broadcasting live from Ashfield Reserve and will once again present a simulcast soundtrack to the fireworks.


For more information please contact the Town of Bassendean on 9377 8000