Corowa Police have praised the behaviour of revellers over the Australia Day long weekend with no incidents at Rowers Park where the formal community celebrations took place.
The only incidents reported involved two drink-drivers and a brawl at the B&S Ball.
Corowa Police Sergeant Andrew Robertson applauded residents for adhering to the new alcohol free zone that was in place on Australia Day.
The alcohol prohibited zone applied to Rowers Park from 6am on Australia Day for a 24-hour period.
Police and council also established an additional alcohol free zone along Bridge Road between the Sanger Street roundabout and John Foord Bridge, including car park.
“There were a lot of people out and about enjoying Australia Day and the measures put in place by Federation Council and police were effective,” he said.
“We only had several arrests for the whole long weekend.”
Police arrested a Corowa man, 25, on Australia Day for recording a low-range PCA.
The man was stopped in Bridge Street for a random breath test at 10.20pm.
He will face court on February 21.
A Wagga resident was also stopped for a random breath test at 12.15am on Saturday morning.
The man, 58, recorded a high range PCA of .186.
He was arrested and taken to Corowa Police Station and will appear in court on February 21.
They were the only drink-drivers caught in the Corowa area where police were out in force in several locations throughout the long weekend.
After the Australia Day awards at Rowers Park the Corowa Rowing Club put on a great rowing exhibition and residents were also treated to a Ski Show by the Mulwala Water Ski Club Ski Show Team.
The next big event was the well-attended Federation Dinner and Tim Fischer Oration, with a report and photos to follow in next week’s Free Press.
After the dinner was done and dusted, the Rotary Club kept pushing on with its biggest weekend of the year.
Saturday was the Federation Market setup at Bangerang Park, ready for a 4pm start and fireworks at 9.30pm, which was met with many favourable comments.
Saturday night also saw the B&S Ball at the Corowa Cougars Rugby ground, which was attended by about 750 younger people from far and wide.
Those in attendance were entertained by Keg, Iain Archibald Band, Gary Eastwood and the Silverstring Outlaws.
The Rotary Club wished to thank the Corowa Cougars, who kept everyone fed and watered throughout the night.
There was only one incident at the ball involving a brawl between a group of men.
A security guard was injured while trying to break up the fight.
Three men were arrested and police are investigating.
Sunday was almost as busy as Saturday, with the market starting at 8am and running through to 2pm.
One of the highlights of the market this year was the increased variety of food stalls, giving those attending plenty of option when it came to satisfying their taste buds.
Meanwhile, the Federation Parade at 11am, with its theme of multiculturalism, saw nine new entrants this year.
The prizes for the best floats were won by Country Buddies, Wahgunyah Primary School and Corowa Museum.
Each organisation will receive a $200 prize.
The highlight of the parade was the combined pipe bands performance and march down Corowa’s Sanger Street.