Rock­hamp­ton to cel­e­brate Aus­tralia Day

The Morning Bulletin - - NEWS -

THERE’S no need to fire up your own bar­bie on Jan­uary 26 as the Great Aus­tralian Bites Fes­ti­val is head­ing north.

The State Gov­ern­ment has an­nounced its Aus­tralia Day cel­e­bra­tions pro­gram and Rock­hamp­ton is set to host the pop­u­lar food fes­ti­val.

Mem­ber for Rock­hamp­ton Barry O’Rourke said the fes­ti­val was a ma­jor coup for re­gional Queens­land.

“The pop­u­lar­ity of the Great Aus­tralian Bites Fes­ti­val has sky­rock­eted in the last few years and it’s a plea­sure to bring it to the peo­ple of Rock­hamp­ton,” he said.

“While steak is in­evitably on the menu, there’s so much more to the Beef Cap­i­tal than a good rump or sir­loin.

“Come Jan­uary 26, I hope to see the Rock­hamp­ton com­mu­nity cel­e­brat­ing the won­der­ful city, state and coun­try we live in.”

Mem­ber for Kep­pel Brit­tany Lauga said the fes­ti­val was be­com­ing a tra­di­tion for many Queens­lan­ders.

“Aus­tralia Day is a time to come to­gether, to re­mem­ber who we are and how blessed we are to live in Queens­land.

“The fes­ti­val pro­vides the ideal back­drop to cel­e­brate with loved ones,” she said.

Great Aus­tralian Bites will be held at Ker­shaw Gar­dens, Moores Creek Rd, Rock­hamp­ton from 3pm – 9.30pm, on Sat­ur­day, Jan­uary 26.

The State Gov­ern­ment also an­nounced Townsville as host of the Queens­land Aus­tralia Day Flag Rais­ing Cer­e­mony at Jezzine Bar­racks.

Draw­ing to­gether the com­mu­nity, the cer­e­mony recog­nises Aus­tralia’s rich indige­nous cul­ture.

More than 40 Aus­tralia Day Am­bas­sadors in­clud­ing Queens­land Greats, Par­a­lympians and other ath­letes, en­trepreneurs, chefs and tele­vi­sion per­son­al­i­ties will par­tic­i­pate in coun­cil-run events across the state, head­ing as far west as Bou­lia and north to Cook­town.

Aus­tralia Day ac­tiv­i­ties in Queens­land are proudly sup­ported by the State Gov­ern­ment in part­ner­ship with the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment through the Na­tional Aus­tralia Day Coun­cil.

Great Aus­tralian Bites is be­ing de­liv­ered in part­ner­ship with Bund­aberg Re­gional Coun­cil, Hope Vale Abo­rig­i­nal Shire Coun­cil, Rock­hamp­ton Re­gional Coun­cil, South­ern Downs Re­gional Coun­cil, Townsville City Coun­cil and Whit­sun­day Re­gional Coun­cil.

FES­TIV­I­TIES: Brit­tany Lauga, daugh­ter Odette and Barry O'Rourke.

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