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Tell us what you would like to see happening in the 2026 Albany Bicentenary
Albany’s Bicentenary in 2026 is a significant anniversary for the whole community. It is an opportunity to reflect on Albany’s history, celebrate the diverse and vibrant community it has become and realise aspirations.
The Bicentenary will encompass a 12-month destination event and marketing program set to showcase the very best Albany has to offer. It is also an opportunity for Albany to realise its potential as a must see cultural destination in regional WA.
With a deeply rooted Aboriginal heritage, proud military history – notably as the departure point for the Anzacs in 1914 – a strong contribution to music and arts, well recognised, beautiful and diverse landscapes and coastlines, and historically-significant streetscapes and architecture, Albany is well placed to mark this significant anniversary for the state.
The Albany Bicentenary is a once in a generation opportunity to celebrate and recognise what a special place your home is and to showcase that to the world. We invite everyone in the community – to lend your ideas and voice to the project.
We want to hear from young and old, homegrown and those who’ve settled here, visitors from afar or your neighbours in the next town – everyone is welcome!
By participating in the engagement activities, you will be helping to shape the vision, goals and objectives for the Bicentenary celebrations, known as the Bicentenary Strategic Plan.
See below how you can be involved!
Bicentenaries are typically a commemoration of a place anniversary. For the City of Albany, the Bicentenary represents 200 years since the first British colony was established in Western Australia in December 1826. However, we know that the place we now call Albany and the people that traditionally lived there had existed long before then and therefore this event simply marks a point in time.
The 2026 Bicentenary will involve a year-long marketing and events program, which will be determined following engagement with our community and key stakeholders. If you’d like to be involved in the planning of the Bicentenary commemoration, then check out our range of engagement activities!
We are starting the planning now so that we can involve stakeholders and the community without being rushed. Once we have engaged with the community, we will then draft a Bicentenary Strategic Plan that will guide the whole Bicentenary from events to art installations and other community initiatives. From there, we will also create a prospectus document, that will attract funding for many of the events and marketing for the Bicentenary.
We are casting a wide net for our engagement and are trying to reach as many groups of the community as possible, so please share this engagement with your Albany networks!
Other than the local community, we are also engaging with regional, State and Federal government stakeholders as well as visitors to the area.
Guiding the engagement for the project is the Albany Bicentenary Advisory Group, who are involved at key milestones of the project. They include:
We also have three Reference Groups that we are working with:
Yes! You can come along to our pop-up information stalls at either the Albany Boatshed Markets or the Farmer’s Markets on the weekend of 18 and 19 June 2022.
We also have a number of digital activities which you can complete on this webpage, scroll up to see how you can be involved in our visioning activity and photo competition.
Yes! Please be sure to RSVP and let us know if you are bringing a friend along so we can manage capacity and organise catering.
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