Community groups encouraged to celebrate Queensland Day
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.