Community groups en­cour­aged to cel­e­brate Queens­land Day

Isis Town and Country - - News -

MEM­BER for Bur­nett Stephen Ben­nett is en­cour­ag­ing community groups to ap­ply for fund­ing through the State Gov­ern­ment’s Queens­land Day Spon­sor­ship Pro­gram.

Mr Ben­nett said ap­pli­ca­tions for spon­sor­ship of up to $10,000 were be­ing ac­cepted for events to cel­e­brate Queens­land Day around June 6, 2017.

“Queens­land Day is an an­nual cel­e­bra­tion to mark Queens­land’s of­fi­cial sep­a­ra­tion from New South Wales on June 6, 1859,” he said.

He said the pro­gram en­cour­aged Queens­lan­ders to cel­e­brate Queens­land Day in a way that re­flected the unique cul­ture, her­itage and as­pi­ra­tions of their com­mu­ni­ties.

“Each year, Queens­lan­ders mark the an­nual cel­e­bra­tion by host­ing bar­be­cues, fam­ily fun days, fes­ti­vals, street pa­rades and unique events in their com­mu­ni­ties,” he said.

“I am en­cour­ag­ing lo­cal community groups to plan ahead for next year’s cel­e­bra­tions and to host a Queens­land-themed event.”

Mr Ben­nett said community events must demon­strate aware­ness of Queens­land Day, en­cour­age community par­tic­i­pa­tion and en­gage­ment, and con­trib­ute to a statewide pro­gram of di­verse, in­clu­sive and in­no­va­tive community events and ini­tia­tives.

“The event must also pro­mote so­cial, cul­tural and eco­nomic ben­e­fits to the community and show­case lo­cal or Queens­land en­ter­tain­ers, pro­duce or icons,” he said.

“It’s an op­por­tu­nity for groups and or­gan­i­sa­tions to dis­play and show­case what their re­gion has on of­fer.”

Ap­pli­ca­tions close on September 9.

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