Gear­ing up to cel­e­brate

Central and North Burnett Times - - FEATURE -

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.

Photo: Contributed

AUSSIE KID: Har­ri­son Roth en­joys the Aus­tralia Day cel­e­bra­tions in Eidsvold in 2010.

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