Council Annual Events
Photo: Ed Jones Photography
Community events contribute to two of the future directions in the Making Burnie 2030 plan; helping to create an attractive place to live, work and play and to contribute to an inclusive and healthy community.
Below is a list of Council’s annual events. Specific event details (time, date, cost etc) can be found in the events calendar. If you can’t find the details you are after please phone 6430 5700.
The Burnie Challenge first began in 2011 and originated from the Healthy Communities Initiative funding from the Department of Health and Ageing. The Burnie Challenge is an exciting, muddy, affordable, unique physical extreme sporting event suitable for all fitness levels, held each year usually around March/April. The course consists of approximately 4km of trail running mixed with various challenging obstacles. The Burnie Challenge is a great team building exercise benefiting sport and recreation clubs as well as local businesses, school groups and families.
The event has now grown to include a more challenging event held later on the same day. The Defence Force Recruiting Legacy Battle Run’ is an 8km muscle aching course for those brave enough to tackle it.
Kids in the Park
Kids in the Park is a free community event held annually on Easter Sunday in Burnie Park hosted by Burnie City Council. The event specifically targets children under twelve, but because of the diverse nature of the entertainment and the beautiful park location, it is enjoyed by all ages.
Although the event has a musical stage program featuring local entertainment, the key emphasis of the event is participation. Rather than children watching and being entertained, they are invited to be creative and hands on. Children battle with foam swords in the battle castle, brave the heady slopes of the giant downhill slide, learn a fairy dance, make a glittery wand or hunt for Easter eggs.
Paper Clothing Competition
The Paper Clothing competition began in 2009 when Burnie hosted the International Association of Hand Papermakers and Paper Artists (IAPMA) conference. To compliment this conference the idea came about to hold a paper clothing competition, with the goal to provide the members of the IAPMA conference a chance to experience firsthand some of Burnie's local talent. The paper clothing entries were on display at the Arts and Function Centre (previously known as the Burnie Civic Centre) for IAPMA members to view throughout their stay.
This annual competition is an important and fresh way to celebrate Burnie’s paper making past, held usually in May each year. Entries each year are life sized garments or masks and are made from paper based products, i.e: toilet paper, fast food wrappers, lollie wrappers or newspapers.
Burnie Shines links together many small to medium events, to create a Burnie-made celebration each spring for the month of October. It is then promoted to the people of Tasmania, inviting them to visit Burnie and indulge in a feast of exhibitions, events, performances and parties.
Burnie Shines is held in spring, a visible time of renewal. The festival has a positive impact on the economic life of the community, as it encourages people to be active again after the winter hibernation. Burnie Shines also provides an opportunity for Council to support community groups and event organisers to promote their activities. It invites all sectors of the community to participate. Many of the events are free, which creates an inclusive festival that can be enjoyed by everyone.
The Burnie Ten is an annual 10km footrace held on a Sunday in October each year. Thousands of participants train hard leading up to the annual event. The community lines the streets to cheer on the participants.
321-GO Kids’ Race
The 321-GO Kids’ Race was created as a safer alternative to the Burnie Ten for young children. Held on a Sunday during October at West park Oval, over 1,000 children aged from four to 13 tackle a running course. Children from zero to four years are also invited to join their parents on a lap around the oval at the beginning of the event.
Night on the Terrace
Burnie’s waterfront is the place to be on New Year’s Eve. Council created this event to provide an affordable celebration for the whole community to enjoy and celebrate the start of a new year in a safe environment. The event caters for all ages and brings together local and interstate performers, entertainers, vendors and a little bit of magic to delight and enchant the multi-generational crowd.
Each year there is a range of children’s entertainment, roving characters and entertainers, food vendors, fireworks, rides, a main stage with live music, bonfires and bars. The bars are run by local community groups with all profits being reinvested into community projects. This popular event would not be possible without the partnerships that have been developed between Council and Tasmania Police, emergency services, Metro, local media, land owners and service clubs like Lions and the Burnie Brass Band and our team of dedicated staff and volunteers.
One of Council’s functions is to conduct or support a number of civic events throughout the year.
Australia Day celebrations are held on 26 January each year at the Burnie Arts and Function Centre. The morning ceremony includes a guest speaker, musical items, citizenship ceremony and the announcement of the prestigious Burnie Australia Day Awards (Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year and Community Event of the Year). Nominations close at the end of November each year.
Citizenship ceremonies are hosted regularly by Council on behalf of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. The Mayor conducts the ceremonies at which new citizens take their citizenship pledge in front of families.
Council works closely with the RSL Burnie Sub-Branch to conduct the Anzac Day services held on 25 April each year. The dawn service and 11am service are conducted at the Burnie Park cenotaph. A large number of community groups, schools, organisations, elected members come together to lay wreaths in a moving service that ensures our community honours the memory of those who fought and served in all conflicts.
Remembrance Day is another meaningful day in the calendar, with a service conducted at 10.40am on 11 November each year, culminating in the 11am two minutes of silence. Once again wreaths are laid at the cenotaph in memory of the fallen.