Local community to celebrate Australia Day

There’s heaps on in the region for Southern Downs and Granite Belt dwellers to get patriotic on January 26.
There’s heaps on in the region for Southern Downs and Granite Belt dwellers to get patriotic on January 26.

SOUTHERN Downs' residents are being urged to show their Aussie spirit and join in local community celebrations this Australia Day, January 26.

Mayor Peter Blundell wants residents to rally neighbours and friends along to celebrations in Warwick, Stanthorpe, Killarney, Allora and Dalveen to enjoy the laid-back atmosphere and activities typified by life in Australia.

Australia Day Celebrations get started early in Killarney, kicking off with a barbecue breakfast with billy tea and damper in Pat Bush Bicentennial Park.

The event, hosted by the Killarney Lions Club will include awards presentations and an Aussie talent quest.

The village of Dalveen will host a six-a-side family cricket day at the Dalveen Cricket Ground from 12.30pm.

Barbecue facilities are available, with families encouraged to bring along their food or a plate.

A bar will also operate on the day.

Stanthorpe celebrations in Weeroona Park will take on a truly Australian flavour with a pie eating competition and a billy boiling championship.

Party-goers can also marvel at the wood chopping and chainsaw ripping events and band "Limited Edition" will set the atmosphere, kicking off the entertainment program at 2pm. Food stalls will operate on the day.

Stanthorpe's official ceremony mid afternoon will include the swearing in of new Australian citizens and the presentation of Australia Day Awards for the southern part of the region.

With hefty temperatures, the swimming pool will be the place to be and is open free to the public from 2pm.

For those with a sporting disposition, Stanthorpe's Australia Day Triathlon will get under way at 6.30am from the YMCA in Talc St, followed by the Mercantile Relay in the Stanthorpe Swimming Pool from 11am.

In Allora, the Australia Day action will be aquatic as ducks are let loose for the annual Dalrymple Duck Race.

This race with a difference sees rubber ducks doing one lap of the Allora pool (with a bit of help from commercial fans), with proceeds helping the fundraising efforts of Allora Showgirl entrants.

Organiser Ted Cowley has 400 rubber ducks for sale for $2 each, with prizemoney on offer for first, second and third placing.

The duck race is scheduled for 3pm.

After being washed out in 2012, Warwick's celebrations are back in Victoria Park, across from the Warwick Hospital.

Event organiser Tracy Vellacott said Warwick's celebrations sit well within the relaxed Victoria Park environment.

"It's wonderful to be able to run this event in a park that doesn't generally see too much action," she said.

"We have a fantastic afternoon of musical entertainment planned and of course the celebrations will be capped off by a brilliant fireworks display by council pyrotechnician Brian Weeks."

Victoria Park celebrations get under way from 4pm, where Lions and Rotary Club members will have the barbecue and hot chips fired up.

The audience will enjoy entertainment from local performers and a free jumping castle and face-painting will keep the kids smiling.

Later in the evening, the official ceremony will take place including the swearing in of new citizens and presentation of Australia Day Awards, culminating in the much-anticipated fireworks display.

Topics:  australia day, editors picks, peter blundell, southern downs



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