Australia Day in the Downs and surrounds will be celebrated with a range of community events across the region, with towns big and small hosting family friendly activities.

Western Downs Regional Council has joined with community groups across the region to host a variety of events for residents. Council Spokesperson for Community and Cultural Development Councillor Kaye Maguire is encouraging everyone to come and enjoy the local celebrations. “This year we have so many unique activities happening in six of our towns across the region with most of our events being free so there is definitely something for everyone,” she said. “It’s just another great opportunity for our communities to come together and not only celebrate our great nation but also our fantastic region. Last year’s Flavour It Your Way sausage sizzle was spectacular – I remember the winning flavour last year of pork, white chocolate and sultanas. Who would have thought how amazing that would taste in a snag. I’m very excited to see what the locals have come up with this year.”

Council has once again partnered with local clubs around the region including the Rotary Club of Dalby who are providing a barbecue breakfast at Thomas Jack Park from 7am on Saturday. Chinchilla residents can also enjoy a free breakfast at Chinchilla Historical Museum, followed by an awards ceremony and free family activities. Jandowae locals are also invited to a community breakfast, but those would prefer to celebrate later in the day can join the Bell Bowls club bowls afternoon. Keeping things cool, Miles Swimming Pool will be hosting an inflatable pool party. At the Pittsworth Pioneer Village, breakfast and morning tea will be served, alongside a host of fun activities for the whole family including face painting, billykart races, crosscut saw competition, foot races and much more. Headlining the events in Warwick will be the Great Australian Bites festival, featuring a range of live music and activities.

Picnic Point will be the place to be for Toowomba locals. Mayor Paul Antonio said the free festivities allow residents to join fellow Australians and celebrate how lucky they are to live in a great part of the country. “Our national day is a time to revel in our freedoms, reflect on our achievements and re-commit to making Australia an even better place for everyone,” Mayor Antonio said. “Each year we recognise the outstanding contribution that individuals and groups make to the community through our Australia Day awards. This year we have some outstanding nominees and recognise these amazing Australians for their tireless efforts and achievements,” Mayor Antonio said.

The winners will be honoured at ceremonies throughout the region before a variety of community activities. The event will open at 8am with a smoking ceremony and welcome to country followed by flag raising and the National Anthem. There will also be live music, an Australia day award ceremony and other entertainment for families to enjoy.

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