Forty Fraser Coast residents will become Australian citizens and a range of community events featuring everything from thong throwing, live music, barbecues and face painting will be held throughout the region to celebrate Australia Day in 2021.
Mayor George Seymour said Council was providing almost $7000 through the Australia Day Events Fund this year to assist local community groups to stage local events.
“Australia Day is a day to reflect, respect and celebrate the Australian spirit and the best of this country – our mateship, our sense of community and our resilience,” he said.
“I look forward to presenting the annual Australia Day Awards to local residents and groups who have made outstanding contributions to the Fraser Coast community.
“It will also be a special time for 40 new citizens who will take the oath and become Australians.”
Cr Seymour said Council’s citizenship and awards ceremonies would be held at the Brolga Theatre in Maryborough from 9am on Tuesday 26 January, but numbers would be limited to ensure compliance with COVID-19 restrictions.
“Local residents who can’t attend the Australia Day ceremonies in person can watch a special livestream from home,” he said.
A link to the broadcast will be posted on the Council Facebook page on Monday, January 25.
Community events supported through Council’s Australia Day Events Fund include:
Hervey Bay Historical Village and Museum – Australia Day in the Village 2021 – Children’s games, tractor rides, alpacas, sheep shearing, thong throwing, raffles, sausage sizzle, damper and more. Entry is free for children and $2 for adults. Starting 9.30am – 3pm at 13 Zephyr St, Scarness.
Australia Day in Poona 2021 – Free morning tea and lunch provided by the Poona Community Progress Association – Live music from 12 noon, cold drinks, free face painting and competitions with prizes for adults and kids.
Burrum Heads Progress Association – Australia Day 2021 – celebrations start at 7am at the Burrum Heads Community Hall with a tasty BBQ breakfast (gold coin donation), 8am flag raising and the B.H.U.G.s will play ukulele while you enjoy a cuppa!
Woocoo Historical Society – Community Australia Day at the Teebar Hall from 10am to 2pm with a local cricket match, children colouring contest, thong throwing, horse shoe game, BYO picnic lunch/ drinks/ chairs and hat.
Council has also provided support for the Special Needs Fraser Coast Australia Day Celebrations and the 2021 Hervey Bay Squash Club Masters Tournament through the Australia Day Events Fund.
Article and image provided by Fraser Coast Regional Council