Australia Day is almost upon us, on Tuesday January 26, and it’s the perfect time to get involved with the many local celebrations happening across the Western Downs community.
This Australia Day, the Western Downs Council has created a variety of events for locals to hear inspirational speeches from Australia Day Ambassadors, share the achievement of Local and Regional Australia Day Award winners, and celebrate what makes Australia great with friends and family.
The Chinchilla Museum, in Chinchilla, is hosting a day of festivities from the free breakfast at 6am to a family fun afternoon at 2pm, with Australia Day ambassador Emeritus Professor Ken Donald AO attending.
Thomas Jack Park, in Dalby, will be the site of a 7am breakfast, followed by a 10am citizenship ceremony and an awards ceremony, both of which will be presided over by Ross McKinnon AM.
Athlone Cottage, Jandowae, the Leichhardt Centre, Miles, and the Jundah Heritage Site, Wandoan, will all be the home of a free breakfast and awards ceremony, at 7:30am and 8am for Jandowae, 7:30am and 8:30am for Miles, and 7am and 8:30am for Wandoan. Ross McKinnon AM and Dr Tim Baker will be attending the Jandowae and Miles festivities respectively.
Finally, the Tara Showgrounds, Tara, will be a vibrant site as the awards ceremony kicks off at 10am, followed by a free luncheon and family fun celebrations from 12pm. Emeritus Professor Ken Donald AO will also be in attendance at this unmissable event.
For more information about the Australia Day Ambassadors, events, and Local Award Winners, please visit the Western Downs Council’s website here.
Words by Shannon Coward