THE streets of Coraki came alive in a torrent of red, white and blue decorations on Sunday as thousands turned out to celebrate Australia Day.

The official Richmond Valley Council celebrations were held on the banks of the Richmond River and people travelled from Casino, Evans Head, Woodburn and, of course, Coraki to join the festivities.

The coveted Citizen of the Year award went to Dr Juriaan Beek, of Casino.

Other award winners were:

Young Sportsperson of the year – Tim Williams, Coraki.

SportsPerson of the Year – Dean Casey, Casino.

Volunteer of the Year – Ross Cole, Rappville.

Young Citizen of the Year – Matthew Jackson, Casino.

Indigenous Citizen of the Year – Russell Kapeen, Coraki.

The grounds housed various arenas which held numerous novelty events from live music to rabbit hopping, vintage cars, market stalls, hip-hop dancing, dog shows and dragon boat and homemade raft racing.

Dog owners also had a chance to show off their prized pooches and receive free micro-chipping. Ethel Patton, of Coraki, and her maltese terrier walked away with the award for best owner/dog look-alike.

The scaled-down version of the Coraki Art Prize was a success and local painter Joanna Burgler took out first prize.

via So many ways to celebrate | Northern Star.