Come along to the Town of Bassendean’s 13th annual Australia Day Celebrations & Fireworks. Now a hugely popular event held at Ashfield Reserve in Ashfield from 5.00 – 9.00pm, Thursday 26th January 2017 – it’s going to be bigger and better than ever.

Join us in a safe and family friendly environment with live music, food, carnival rides and spectacular fireworks.

Be entertained with on-stage performances by Randa and the Soul Kingdom, Phil Walleystack and Bassendean’s own samba band – the Bassonovas.

This year our Australia Day Ambassadors are the Perth Glory FC!  We are thrilled that representatives from the team will be there on the day to share what it means to them to be an Australia Day Ambassador.  Stay tuned for more details.

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.  Tune into 98five Sonshine FM for the live simulcast soundtrack.

Bring a picnic, or purchase food and drinks from the many stalls on site.

Car Parking is strictly limited (a $10 fee per car applies in the designated parking area – NEW ENTRY via Chapman St). 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.

For more information on access, travel and parking, go to our Event Info page

This event is proudly partnered by Lotterywest and 98five Sonshine FM

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On Stage

Australia Day Ambassadors – Perth Glory FC

Each year Australia Day WA invites outstanding community members to become Australia Day WA Ambassadors. They volunteer 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 are extremely proud to announce that representatives from Perth Glory will be our Australia Day WA Ambassadors on 26 January 2017. It’s the first time a team has been represented as Ambassadors and we’re looking forward to them engaging with families and football fans at our Australia Day celebrations. They’ll also be interviewed on stage by our fabulous MC – Phil Walleystack.


Phil Walleystack

Our MC for the event is truly multi-talented, as he will also undertake Welcome to Country and perform on the night.  Singer-songwriter Phil Walleystack inherits a performance tradition that pre-dates modern art.  Raised in Country Western Australia, Phil was taught his Traditional songs and dance and how to survive in the bush by his Elders.

All of his life he has been on stage, in the limelight; always having to be the centre of attention.  At age 20 Phil followed his passion and dream to become an international artist, enrolling in the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), then undertaking further studies at Sydney’s National Aboriginal Islander Skills Development Academy (NAISDA).  At NAISDA Phil learned many forms of dance and music; including Traditional Aboriginal songs and dance from all over Australia, to modern, contemporary, tap, jazz and Ballet.

Having shared the stage with many different Cultures, Phil has created his unique sound, influenced by Jazz, Rock, Hip Hop and his Culture.

Phil has released two albums – Strong, and Man of Culture – and an EP – Didgeridoo.

Randa and the Soul Kingdom

We are thrilled to present West Australia’s own hip shakers – bound to make you break out in a cold sweat – Randa And The Soul Kingdom.

Having supported Lionel Richie, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, The Bamboos, toured UK, Europe and Australia Randa’s 6 piece will put the funk in your trunk! Be prepared to get knocked sideways by soulful horns, high-octane vocals and gritty rhythm packed with a punch that will hit you with feel good goodness. Guaranteed to get you dancing!

“Randa And The Soul Kingdom’s second album is out, and things just keep getting better and better.  This is one of those albums that just has to be played loud so as to appreciate the wonderful musicianship and awesome grooves.”



Event Overview – follow our Facebook page for updates and program details
4.30pm – 5.00pm

98five Sonshine FM broadcasting live


Official Event Start Time

5.00pm – 5.30pm


5.30pm – 5.45pm

Acknowledgements, Speeches and Perth Glory interview

5.45pm – 7.55pm



Announcement of winner of Fireworks Launch competition.

8.00pm – 8.20pm


8.20pm – 9.00pm

98five Sonshine FM broadcasting live


Event End

Note: Program subject to change without notice

Event Info

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

Bike it – All cyclists to the event will win a prize! Two, free ‘Bicycle Valet’ parking stations will be located on site.  So go on, get on your bike and park it safely at one of our Bike Valet parking stations.   Don’t forget you need your light for the ride home.

Public Transport – Plan your journey by visiting the Transperth Journey Planner at www.transperth.wa.gov.au,  or call 13 62 13.

Parking – Parking is strictly limited – a $10 fee applies on entry to the designated Event Parking zone at Cyril Jackson Senior Campus. Entry is via Chapman Street. Follow the directional signs from Guildford Road – see map below for more detail.

ACROD Permit Holders – For ACROD parking and access to event, please contact the Town of Bassendean prior to the day on 9377 8000, so that we can best accommodate you.  Limited priority parking is available for vehicles displaying a current ACROD sticker.

NEW Road Closures for 2017: For patron safety and ease of access, the Town will implement the following Road Closures for the 2017 Australia Day event: Clean & Green: Do your bit for the environment – please bring refillable water bottles or reusable 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 is something to suit everyone’s tastebuds, including:
Assunta Bhavan Child & Community project Inc. Sausage Sizzle – Community Fundraiser
JD’s Café Old favourites such as burgers, donuts, and hot dogs
JD’s Mexican Mexican
Patiumaca Spanish Paella
That Greek Food Truck Greek
Hogs Breath All your favourites from the Hogs Breath Café
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
Tikka Tango Modern fusion
JDs Seafood Van Trad fish and chips, fish burgers, sushi, salads and rolls
Snow Cones Iced & flavoured Snow Cones

We also have a free drinking water station so remember to bring your own water bottles to refill!

Lost Children:
If you lose your child please make your way to the Constable Care tent near the stage for assistance.  When you first arrive at the reserve, show your children where the tent can be found, just in case they lose their way during the event.

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

Please Note:
This is a Smoke Free event. Dogs will not be permitted at the event.

Event Partners

The Town of Bassendean wishes to thank our 2017 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