Great Aus­tralia Day planned

The Morning Bulletin - - LIFE -

COM­MU­NI­TIES from across the Rock­hamp­ton Re­gion are mak­ing plans to cel­e­brate Aus­tralia Day, with Grace­mere plan­ning to give a spe­cial thank you to our firies.

Mount Mor­gan Ro­tary Club and the Boul­der­combe Progress As­so­ci­a­tion will also be host­ing events.

Mayor Mar­garet Strelow said there would be an op­por­tu­nity for Grace­mere res­i­dents to add a per­sonal touch to the lo­cal Ru­ral Fire Ser­vice’s new mar­quee, a gift from the coun­cil and the com­mu­nity.

“Those bush­fires were one of the great­est threats we have ever faced. I can­not thank fire­fight­ers enough for work­ing around the clock to con­trol those fires, and ul­ti­mately sav­ing our com­mu­nity from catas­tro­phe,” Mayor Strelow said.

“As a small to­ken of our ap­pre­ci­a­tion we will be giv­ing the Grace­mere Ru­ral Fire Ser­vice a new mar­quee, and we would love res­i­dents to add their mes­sages of sup­port and thanks.”

The mar­quee and writ­ing ma­te­ri­als will be avail­able at the event, along with a sausage siz­zle and a horn blow­ing com­pe­ti­tion.

Mayor Strelow said res­i­dents will be able to spend their whole Aus­tralia Day en­joy­ing free events right across our re­gion.

“We are see­ing more and more events hap­pen­ing across our vi­brant re­gion, and Aus­tralia Day is no dif­fer­ent. I’m de­lighted that coun­cil was able to sup­port ev­ery or­gan­i­sa­tion that ap­plied for funds from our Aus­tralia Day Grant Pro­gram, with nearly $6000 be­ing awarded.

“That means as well as the Grace­mere Men’s Shed event at Cedric Archer Park, there will be a fam­ily fun day at Mount Mor­gan with a bar­be­cue, ice cream, face paint­ing and rides, and a com­mu­nity gath­er­ing fea­tur­ing clas­sic Aussie sports in Ba­jool.

“My ad­vice is to en­joy these events in the morn­ing, head to Ker­shaw Gar­dens from 3pm for Great Aus­tralian Bites and our Aus­tralia Day Awards, try out some Aussie sports in Ba­jool, and fin­ish off your week­end at the Her­itage Vil­lage Mar­kets on Sun­day.

“What a per­fect way to cel­e­brate the Aus­tralia Day week­end!”

Grace­mere Event

Hosted by Grace­mere Men’s Shed

● 8am-11am at Cedric Archer Park ● Free

En­joy a splash in the wa­ter park and a free sausage siz­zle thanks to the Grace­mere Men’s Shed. Cof­fee van, horn blow­ing com­pe­ti­tion and re­laxed fam­ily fun. Come along and be sure to say thanks to the Ru­ral Fire Ser­vice by adding your name and well wishes to their new mar­quee – a gift from the coun­cil and the com­mu­nity.

Mt Mor­gan Event

Hosted by the Mount Mor­gan Ro­tary Club

● 9am-1pm at the Big Dam

● Free

Fun filled event with fam­ily ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing free Bbar­be­cue, ice-cream, lam­ing­tons, bread and Vegemite and more. Rides, face paint­ing and en­ter­tain­ment for kids. Cool off in the dam with a swim and en­joy the event.

Boul­der­combe Event

Hosted by the Boul­der­combe Progress As­so­ci­a­tion

● Boul­der­combe Recre­ation Com­plex from 4pm

● Free

A com­mu­nity gath­er­ing with free bar­be­cue and soft drinks, fun and en­ter­tain­ment for all ages. Get in­volved in the clas­sic Aussie sports of thongth­row­ing, tug-of-war, sack races and more.

Great Aus­tralian Bites fea­tur­ing Aus­tralia Day Awards

● 3pm-8pm at Ker­shaw Gar­dens

● Free

Great Aus­tralian Bites is an event that cel­e­brates, show­cases and pro­motes Queens­land pro­duce and lo­cal culi­nary and mu­si­cal tal­ent in hon­our of Aus­tralia Day with lo­cal restau­rant pop-up stalls serv­ing bite-sized tast­ing plates, and live en­ter­tain­ment from lo­cal mu­si­cians.

Her­itage Vil­lage Mar­kets - Aus­tralia Day week­end

● Sun­day, Jan­uary 27

● 8am–1.30pm

● $2 en­try, un­der 14s free. Come and en­joy the Her­itage Vil­lage Mar­kets on the Aus­tralia Day week­end, Sun­day, Jan­uary 27. Set in the unique at­mos­phere of the Her­itage Vil­lage, there’s a huge va­ri­ety of stalls, farm an­i­mals for the kids and rides for all ages. (En­closed shoes must be worn on the rides.)

Photo: Tr­ish Bow­man

GREAT SOUTH­ERN LAND: Beach games have been pop­u­lar on Aus­tralia Day.

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