The Toowoomba Region has a maroon glow this week as city landmarks are lit up to celebrate Queensland’s 160th Birthday.

Toowoomba Region Mayor, Paul Antonio, is encouraging the community to wear maroon to show their love for the sunshine state. “This year’s Queensland Week events will allow you to wave a flag, wear maroon and even blow out the candles on a lamington birthday cake,” Mayor Antonio said.

Toowoomba will start their celebrations with a flag raising ceremony at the Village Green on Queensland Day. “I’m hoping we will also be rejoicing in a Queensland win in the first rugby league State of Origin match the night before,” Mayor Antonio said.

Major Antonio says the whole Toowoomba Region is celebrating, with the Oakey Historical Museum also hosting a flag raising ceremony and a proclamation of the State later this weekend.

“Throughout the week Toowoomba’s CBD will be awash with a maroon glow with the coloured lights on the Outer Circulating Road and the Margaret Street up-lights adjoining Queens Park being changed to honour our state’s birthday,” Major Antonio says.

The day celebrates Queenslands seperation from New South Wales. “Queensland Day celebrates the day 160 years ago when Queen Victoria gave her approval that we should separate from the colony of New South Wales,” Major Antonio said. “The State of Queensland was declared and we haven’t looked back since. We have so much to celebrate as Queenslanders, so let’s get out with a mate and celebrate our great State.”

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