Gearing up to celebrate
AUSTRALIA Day in Mundubbera this year will be a special one as it welcomes 2013 Australia Ambassador Dr Tony Gould AM.
The North Burnett’s Australian citizenship ceremony will also be held in the town.
David Holleran will entertain from 7am in Bicentennial Park (or the town hall in case of rain) and after a welcome by Deputy Mayor Faye Whelan, everyone can join in the free barbecue breakfast.
Locals Tiana Crofts, Sharimay Dwyer and Brett Clark will entertain until Mundubbera Pony Club members raise the flag and Simone Mosley sings the national anthem.
Pastor Fay Barton will open proceedings with a prayer before Mayor Don Waugh introduces Dr Gould at 9am.
“We are honoured that Dr Tony Gould, former director of Queensland’s Performing Arts Centre and 2013 Australia Day Ambassador for Queensland, will be attending celebrations in the North Burnett at Mundubbera,” Cr Waugh said.
The citizenship ceremony will be held at 9.30am and Mundubbera’s Australia Day Award winners will also be announced. ■ Gayndah: Australia Day in Gayndah begins at 7am in Cullen Park. A free barbecue will take place, as well as the Australia Day Awards ceremony.
After the awards everyone will head next door to the pool for the annual Mitchell Roth Memorial Mercantile Relay.
Teams of four will swim a lap each to raise money for the Royal Flying Doctor Service. Costumes and fancy dress are encouraged and the race is all about having fun.
Celebrations at Mingo Crossing Caravan and Recreational Area start at noon.
Residents are invited to join the festivities with an oldfashioned day at the park.
There will be a game of cricket, three-legged races, egg and spoon races and plenty of other activities to keep the kids entertained. ■ Monto: Monto’s Australia Day activities will start with a free breakfast at 7am at Monto Memorial Park, followed by the official ceremony at 8.30am and morning tea at 9.30am.
Babies born in 2012 are eligible for Australia Day certificates which will be presented at 7am at the Memorial Park at 60A Newton St. ■ Mt Perry: Mt Perry will kick off-Australia Day celebra- tions with an Aussie breakfast. The Sport and Recreation Centre on Heusman St will begin the breakfast at 8.30am.
There will be music entertainment and the cutting of the Australia Day cake.
At 10am will be the presentation of Australia Day Awards and baby certificates. The Mt Perry celebrations are free to attend. ■ Biggenden: Darrin and Roslyn Rackemann, who undertook a trek of a lifetime along the Kokoda Track last year, will be speakers at the Australia Day ceremony at Biggenden.
Celebrations will start at Memorial Hall with a barbecue breakfast prepared by Apex club members.
Presentations of awards by Cr Lofty Wendt will go to citizen of the year, young citizen, community event, junior sports award and sports administrator award winners.
The ceremony will be followed by tombola and hoy, organised by the St John’s Anglican Ladies’ Guild in the QCWA Rooms at 10.30am.
Come along and enjoy homemade damper and syrup for morning tea. There will be the usual variety of prizes and a lucky door and raffle. ■ Eidsvold: A large crowd is expected at the Eidsvold Australia Day ceremony in Apex Park after the outpouring of community spirit shown at Monday night’s meeting.
Local entertainers will sing while Lions prepare the free Aussie breakfast supplied by North Burnett Regional Council from 7am.
When everyone is fed, Australia Day awards will be presented. If it rains, the ceremony will be at the town hall.
AUSSIE KID: Harrison Roth enjoys the Australia Day celebrations in Eidsvold in 2010.