Toowoomba Region residents are invited to attend Australia Day award presentations and celebrations on Thursday, January 26th.Toowoomba Region Mayor Paul Antonio said he was glad that community activities were resuming following various Covid-related restrictions over the past two years. “I encourage residents to join the festivities marking our national day across the Region,” Mayor Antonio said.
TRC’s regional events:
Toowoomba – Picnic Point 9.30-11.30am Australia Day award presentations by the Mayor. 9am Toowoomba Caledonian Society; 9.30am Welcome to Country, smoking ceremony; 9.45am flag raising, national anthem by High Altitude Harmony, free scones, lamingtons and flag tattoos (tea, coffee and soft drinks available for purchase on the morning); 9.50am Australia Day prayer, presentation of Toowoomba City Australia Day awards and W. H. Groom scholarship; 11.30am free ice creams.
Cambooya – Cambooya Recreation Grounds, Lucy Street, Cambooya 8-10am. Free barbecue breakfast, free children’s face painting, coffee van. Awards ceremony from 9am.
Cecil Plains (incorporating Millmerran) at the Cecil Plains Aquatic Centre 8-11am. 8-9am free barbecue breakfast hosted by the Cecil Plains Progress, Tourism and Recreation Association; awards ceremony 9-10am with acknowledgement of traditional custodians, national anthem, Councillor address, announcement of award nominees and recipients; from 10am meet and greet, swim at the pool until 11am.
Clifton – Pioneer Park, 99 King Street, Clifton. Free barbecue breakfast and the Australia Day awards ceremony from 7am to 10am. Please BYO chair or picnic blanket.
Crows Nest – incorporating the Highfields award ceremony 3.30-5.30pm at Crows Nest Showgrounds, New England Highway, Crows Nest. A barbecue and cold drinks will be served after the official ceremony for a gold coin donation. Awards ceremony from 4.30pm. Entertainment by Cloud 9, Paul Fleming and Adele Adams.
Goombungee – Goombungee Hall, King Street, Goombungee. 8am Free community breakfast, entertainment and children’s activities; 9.30am official ceremony, including presentation of Australia Day awards. Following the formalities, there will be free face painting and entertainment throughout the morning.
Highfields – The Highfields district awards will be presented at the Crows Nest celebrations at the Crows Nest Showgrounds (see above).
Jondaryan Woolshed: Jondaryan: Back to the Woolshed – a three-day family event from January 26-28. For full details, visit www.jondaryanwoolshed.com
Oakey – Arthur Shooter Park, Stanley Street, Oakey, 7.30am to noon. Breakfast in the park on sale from 7.30am; award ceremony from 8.30am, includes acknowledgement of traditional custodians, flag raising, national anthem, Councillor address, award presentations; 9.30am free morning tea and billy boiling competition. 10am: Team and individual events: The Australian dunny race, open and junior iron man races, thong throwing, sack races with prize presentations from noon. Bring a chair, picnic blanket, hat and sunscreen.
Pittsworth – 8am barbecue breakfast by the Pittsworth Lions Club at Centenary Park; 9.30am Pittsworth Town Hall, Park Street, Pittsworth until 11.30am includes acknowledgement of traditional custodians, flag bearers enter Town Hall, national anthem, Councillor address, Australia Day ambassador address, presentation of Pittsworth Australia Day awards.
Toowoomba Regional Council Australia Day coordinating committee chair and Deputy Mayor Cr Geoff McDonald said local Australia Day organising committees and various Council staff had worked behind the scenes to organise community activities. He said
“There is no better way to celebrate Australia Day than with other Australians.”
We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the Toowoomba Region whose song lines traverse our lands and pay our respect to Elders past, present and emerging, for they hold the knowledge, rich traditions and bold ambitions of Australia’s first peoples.
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