Camden's Australia Day 2020 celebrations a huge success

Thousands of patriotic locals headed into Camden to celebrate Australia Day along Argyle Street despite the heat.

The parade was lead by Camden Local Area Command High Patrol who were closely followed by the region's firefighters.

Rural Fire Service volunteers and Fire and Rescue NSW personnel were greeted by loud cheers and a round of applause.

Camden Council also unveiled a new waste truck adorned with images of local firefighters to thank them for their service.

Camden mayor Theresa Fedeli also acknowledged the region's firefighters at the civic ceremony.

"As we celebrate Australlia Day with a backyard barbecue I would also like to acknowledge something else this year," she said.

"Fires ravaged our neighbouring area and I would like all of the firefighters here today to stand for a round of applause."

Attendees readily applauded local firefighting volunteers letting out a few cheers before giving them a standing ovation.

Camden MP Peter Sidgreaves also recognised the outstanding work of local emergency services.

"I would also like to acknowledge the 50 new citizens," he said.

"There is so much I love about Australia Day - especially here in Camden.

"What I also love about Australia Day in Camden is that whilst I'm Australian because I was born here, there are 50 men, women and children here who are making their own pledge to become Australians.

"If I could encourage everyone of you to do one thing, it would be to join a service club or community group."

Australia Day ambassador Josephine Peter said she had enjoyed celebrating the national event in Camden.

"I have been to Camden before but that was 70 years ago and sure has changed a lot since then," she said.

"I would also like to thank the amazing volunteers who have spent countless days and nights fighting these devastating fires.

"After this devastating drought and fires we will all have to work together to fight climate change."

Local community groups including Camden Rotary, the Country Women's Association, the Over 55's Car Club, the Camden Scouts and many more marched the main street.

They were accompanied by the region's school students, air force and army cadets and emergency service staff.

Residents waved flags and wore temporary flag tattoos on their faces.