Six Australia Day events are planned across the Western Downs region on Thursday 26 January 2023. Each event offers a delicious breakfast and a range of family activities such as live music, games, and amusements. Residents are encouraged to join in the fun, food and drinks. Attendees can purchase plenty of other goodies on the day. Australia Day events kick off from 7am and will be held in Chinchilla, Dalby, Jandowae, Miles, Tara, and Wandoan.

Western Downs Regional Council is partnering with local community groups to host events throughout the region this Australia Day. Council Spokesperson for Community and Cultural Development Councilor Kaye Maguire said Australia Day is a time to demonstrate community pride. She encourages everyone to get involved and enjoy their local celebrations.

“We know that it’s the people that make our communities the active, vibrant places that they are and one of the highlights of our Australia Day events is that we get to publicly acknowledge and celebrate the incredible people who go above and beyond in their local communities through Council’s Australia Day Awards.

Western Downs Regional Council Mayor Paul McVeigh said the day was also an important opportunity to both celebrate our current residents and welcome our newest Australian citizens in a special Citizenship Ceremony to take place in Dalby. “The Citizenship Ceremony is one of the most meaningful parts of our Australia Day celebrations where we officially welcome our newest Australians to the region with open arms,” Cr McVeigh said.

“The Australian Citizenship Ceremony is an important occasion, and one of the most special honours I have as Mayor. I invite everyone to head along to your local Australia Day celebrations to welcome our newest Australians, congratulate the winners of the Australia Day awards, and celebrate everything that is great about living in Australia and the Western Downs”.

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